Amaza Ocean Odyssey: 5 Reasons to get excited about the Cape Town Carnival

2017-01-04 21:09
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Cape Town – If you thought summer only rocked in the Mother City during the end December and January, you're going to be quite surprised come March - when the Cape Town Carnival winds it way through the streets of Cape Town

This year the theme is Amaza - an Ocean Odyssey - so you certainly don't want to miss out!

What you need to know:

When:  18 March Street Party

Where: Cape Town Fan Walk

Cost: Free for standing, Seated R300, VIP areas R1 300


1. This year's cool theme AMAZA! An Ocean Odyssey

From sunny beaches, rock pools & seashells, surfers and sunshine, to our place at the confluence of two oceans: The Atlantic & Indian Oceans.

The Ocean is a world of possibilities. Beyond turbulence and uncertainty, there’s hope & smooth sailing. Go with the flow but navigate your way as you discover a South African ocean adventure for the Cape Town Carnival 2017.

On 18 March 2017 spectators will have the freedom of the city streets on the Green Point Fan Walk. 

2. Obviously the floats and atmosphere

Over 2 000 dazzling costumed performers and musicians will take to Cape Town’s Fan Walk, entertaining viewers with floats and vibrant dance routines. Just check out some of these from last year, this year's ocean theme is sure to delight... 

3. You get to dress up and participate!

Why not go all out, rally up your troop of friends or work colleagues and give Summer the send off it deserves. With a theme like ocean odyssey it's not hard to come up with creative ideas. This carnival is literally your oyster this year... 

4. It makes Cape Town a better place to live and visit 

Over the past seven years the Cape Town Carnival has established strong roots in 54 diverse community groups across the Western Cape.

Many months of preparation and hard work go into the final parade of fireworks, music, dance and larger-than-life floats. The event shines a light on the Mother City and the talent and the creativity of its people, giving the different community groups an opportunity to strut their stuff on this unique stage, exposing carnival-goers to new and exciting performers.

One of the community groups that participates in the Cape Town Carnival is the Western Province Marching Band. “The Cape Town Carnival is a great way for the marching band to interact with and be exposed to other cultures and communities in the province,” says Saeed Ruiters, group president of the band.

The Western Province Marching Band was one of three groups that in 2016 shared the annual cash prize offered to the carnival’s top performers, with judges giving points for professionalism, precision, performance and passion. The other two were Steenberg High School and Lavender Hill High School.

Cape Town Carnival CEO Jay Douwes says that job creation is a key priority for the Cape Town Carnival. In 2016 the Cape Town Carnival created over 400 direct jobs and a further 514 work opportunities, of which over 60% were aimed at our youth. “Giving the youth purpose and a cause to be part of a team is vital in motivating them” says Douwes.  

The Cape Town Carnival also encourages and supports small businesses and entrepreneurs by enlisting them to install event branding, doing photography and conducting surveys on the event day. 

5. There will be a grand Cape Town open-air after party

Round off the night with Cape Town’s most riveting and festive open air party, the Cape Town Carnival Street Party! Choose your party node of choice in the Cape Town Carnival corridor and enjoy the freedom of the streets. The parade will be followed by a thumping street party, showcasing some of SA's hottest musical talent - so don't miss o

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