Every year, the Cape Town Steet Parade - previously known as the Cape Town Carnival or 'Tweede Nuwejaar' - transforms the inner city of Cape Town into a colourful and vibrant hub of activity, song and dance.
This year, it is held on the 4th of January instead of the 2nd, as usual. Why change the traditional date? This is due to the fact that this year the sunset of 2 January 2020 coincides with the Friday Jum’ah prayers of the Muslim community.
The City is gearing for a bumper end to the year for these much-anticipated Minstrel and Malay Choir events taking place over the coming week, says the City of Cape Town.
On Monday, 30 December 2019 the Cape Malay Choirs Parade will take to the streets in the Mother City CBD. The event will start in the colourful heart of the Bo-Kaap, Rose Street at 22:00, and the procession will end on the Grand Parade at around 04:00.
No sleep for inner city residence, that's for sure!
Approximately 25 000 people are expected to attend this free event.
This will be followed by the Minstrel competitions taking place at the Athlone Stadium and Florida Park Stadium in Belhar, commencing on New Year’s Day.
Then, for the big celebration on Saturday, 4 January 2020, crowds of up to 100 000 people are expected to line up along the parade route from District Six to the Bo-Kaap for the annual Cape Town Street Parade.
Starting at mid-day, the troupes will march from Hanover Street in District Six and head towards the City Hall, onto the Grand Parade and back onto Darling Street. From there on they continue up Darling Street into Adderley Street, up Wale Street to Rose Street in the Bo-Kaap.
It's all free, accept for the R100 Golden Circle tickets, where you'll get a prime spot in a cordoned off area and will be able to get the best view of the procession.
Get ready for an event that bursts with heritage and rich history of the people of Cape Town and ready yourself for the first big street party of the year.
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The event has had its challenges in the past, but now the City of Cape Town has shown its commitment to growing this event year on year.
"The City has responded and shown our support by signing a multi-year agreement to allow the event to grow, and the private sector has responded with the first significant corporate sponsorship that the minstrels event has seen in the last two decades. The time has truly come for all the minstrel troupes to unite behind this signature Cape Town tradition.
"To the spectators, we ask that they do their bit to ensure a festive and enjoyable day out for all. As is custom with large events, the City will deploy its Safety and Security staff to ensure the safety of all those in attendance. They will not hesitate to act against any anti-social behaviour and criminality to ensure the festivals are an enjoyable experience for all," says the City of Cape Town.
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NOTE: Residents and motorists are advised to take note of the temporary road closures that will be in place in the city centre and surrounds to accommodate the upcoming minstrel events.
Here are all the roads that will be closed on 30 December 2019 and on 4 January 2020.