PICS: 50K spectators enjoy Cape Town Carnival Amaza Ocean Odyssey fabulousness

2017-03-19 06:02
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Cape Town – The Cape Town Carnival has become a highlight of note on the annual events calendar in South Africa and this Saturday's event was no different.

Thousands of spectators were treated to a dazzling music, dance and costume parade, as the Cape Town Carnival wound its way along the Green Point Fan Walk, much to the delight of more than 50K spectators.

“We’d like to make the Cape Town Carnival recognisable on an international level, as people from all over the world attend it,” said Rachel Jafta, chairperson of Media24 and of the Cape Town Carnival Trust.

And there could not have been a better theme this year, as “AMAZA! – Ocean Odyssey”, celebrates precious oceans and the need to preserve water.

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“With Cape Town in the middle of a serious drought, this year’s water-related theme comes at the perfect time to create awareness in a fun and colourful way,” said Cape Town Carnival creative director Brad Baard.  

The parade was followed by a fabulous street party, with local award-winning DJs Fresh and Euphonik entertaining the crowds.

This year's festivities included dancers from the world’s largest carnival, the Rio Carnival, and New York-based singer Oshri, who performed “Crazy but Free”, the 2017 Cape Town Carnival theme song.

About 50 diverse community groups participated in this year’s outing. The Cape Town Carnival serves the broader Cape Town community by bringing together and celebrating the different identities of the Mother City’s citizens, as well as providing a platform for them to perform on an international level in a well-attended event.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille opens the event together with Rachel Jafta, chairperson of Media24

The Cape Town Carnival event, held annually in March, is the country’s pre-eminent street parade. 

It showcases and celebrates the vibrant diversity of Cape Town – and South Africa – with more than 50 community groups, bringing the Green Point Fan Walk alive with spectacular floats, giant puppets and extravagant costumes.

Thousands of spectators from all over the world converge along the 1.2km parade route.

The Cape Town Carnival is set to become one of the top seven jewel events of Cape Town and is a flagship project of the National Department of Arts and Culture.

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