Taste of Rio hits Mother City

2012-03-23 11:20

The Cape Town Carnival is bringing a taste of Rio to Cape Town with the inclusion of Brazilian dancers Marcella Alves and Raphael Rodrigues in the parade tomorrow.

Alves and Rodrigues were the winners of last year’s Flag Bearing Couple Competition in the world-famous Rio Carnival.

This will be their second year performing at the Cape Town Carnival, which returns for the third year.

The theme for the this year’s carnival is Cape to Cairo – A journey through Africa and its people, sights and sounds.

Carnival Procession

There will be nine richly decorated themed floats in the parade, each accompanied by 150 performers and dramatic lead dancers.

The overall ensemble of more than 2 000 participants is made up of performers from many genres including belly-dancers, gum-boot dancers, minstrels, puppeteers, hip-hop, Spanish, contemporary and African traditional dancers.

The carnival starts at 5pm on the Fanwalk with street performers and a concert at the stadium forecourt featuring Chad Saaiman and Friends.

The Carnival Procession starts at 8pm from Dixon Street and proceeds along Somerset Road to York Street.

MyCiti and Golden Arrow buses and Metrorail will be running late to take people attending the carnival home.

A full list of road closures for tomorrow is available. 

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