Carnival welcomes more than 50 000 spectators to the annual parade
Cape Town, 18 March 2017 – Thousands of spectators were treated to a dazzling music, dance and costume parade today, as the Cape Town Carnival wound its way along the Green Point Fan Walk. The parade started at 19h00 and was followed by a fabulous street party, with local award-winning DJs Fresh and Euphonik entertaining the crowds.
“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. The more than 50 000 people who attended and joined in the festivities this year 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.
The theme, “AMAZA! – Ocean Odyssey”, celebrated our precious oceans. “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.
From 15h00 to 18h00, Kyknet’s Tjiff en Tjaff TV characters walked around taking pictures and M-Net hosted a face-painting station. “We were thrilled to be part of the Cape Town Carnival again,” said M-Net general manager for South Africa Nkateko Mabaso.
Another proud sponsor of the Cape Town Carnival is the National Lotteries Commission (NLC). “The Cape Town Carnival develops ordinary members of society, and this ties in with our values,” said Marcelle Musson, NLC provincial manager in the Western Cape.
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.