An estimated 50 000 excited spectators flocked to the Green Point Fan Walk on Saturday, 12 March, eager to be a part of the Mother City’s biggest party. The Cape Town Carnival once again blew fans away with a procession that included floats like Traffic Hazard, Township Angel and Heart of the City, and over 2 000 incredible performers.
As the 1.2km Cape Town Carnival corridor came alive with music and colour, VIPs such as Premier Helen Zille, Mayor Patricia de Lille, along with Cape Town Carnival brand ambassadors, Siv Ngesi and Liezel van der Westhuizen were in the center of the action.
Jay Douwes, CEO of Cape Town Carnival, said: “After the success of last year, we were aiming to make this year’s Carnival bigger and better. A goal we achieved with flying colours. Anticipation was high and there were more spectators than ever before, testament that the city loves this event as much as we do. It was a beautiful Cape evening and the Fan Walk was the perfect setting to celebrate both our diversity and unity.”
More than 50 talented community groups performed dances and acts that represented their interpretation of the Street Life theme – celebrating the people and dynamics at play in a public space. Towns and cities are built of people and relationships, not bricks and concrete, and this was so apparent in the vibrancy of the city’s streets this evening.
Local law enforcement task forces like the Firemen and SAPS also made a special appearance and had the crowd going wild. Spectators, who dressed up in Cape Town Carnival paraphernalia – including masks, feathers, glow sticks and fascinators – were in awe of the mesmerising parade and excellent performers.
Lukhanyo Dlamini, his wife Ayanda and their three children arrived on the fan walk mid-afternoon and enjoyed the fun activities on offer before the parade. Then they got the perfect spot along the fan walk. Says Dlamini “The children were so excited to be here and the parade was unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. I don’t think we expected it to be so amazing. Really wonderful!”
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