PICS: The Cape Town Carnival puts the 'extra' in 'extravagance'

2019-03-18 10:13 - Gabi Zietsman
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You don't have to travel all the way to Rio de Janeiro for a fabulous carnival experience.

The Cape Town Carnival inspired fantasies and cheers over the weekend with this year's theme aimed at unshackling limiting beliefs: 'VUKA UKHANYE: Arise and Shine!'. And shine they did.

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About 55 000 people thronged around the barriers to watch the explosion of colour flit past, made up of bright and brilliant sunrises and sunflowers, puppetry and dazzling performances.

“There’s always a vibrant liveliness and vivacity when you arrive at the parade, and it’s fantastic to see families and friends getting into the Carnival spirit,” says Professor Rachel Jafta, chairperson of the Cape Town Carnival Trust. 

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Colourful dragon float

(Photo: Cape Town Carnival)

Kfm presenters Darren, Sherlin and Sibs from the breakfast show, were fun favourites on their 'Wakey-Wakey' float with Liezel Van Der Westhuizen, illustrating the busy start to a working day, while an extraordinary and colourful giant puppet represented 'Facing Your Fears'.

“The hero must face the monster of her own fears in order to claim and recognise her power,” explains Carnival creative director Brad Baard. The parade culminated with Cape Town’s tallest marionette ‘Vukani’, shining its light.

This year the carnival had over 54 performance groups that hail from all over Cape Town and beyond, with newcomers from the city's Portuguese community, the German school, Northlink and False Bay Colleges and KCC from the Northern Cape. 

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