Multi-cultural carnival parade brightens city streets

2008-08-03 00:00

Busy Pietermaritzburg city centre streets came to a standstill as shoppers and pedestrians were entertained by the KZN Cultural Heritage Carnival parade on Saturday.

The event, which started and ended at the Oval Stadium, was reminiscent of the Azalea parade, which was last staged in the early 1980s.

Young people from diverse backgrounds had fun as they displayed different cultural dress codes and dances.

The Carnival was a pilot project aimed at identifying local artists to perform in the main carnival parade to take place in Durban on September 30.

Although the focus was on local artists, others from Durban and northern KZN were brought in to add to the fun.

There were brass bands, Zulu and Indian dancers and drum majorettes. From the Oval, the parade joined West Street and moved down Langalibalele Street. They marched around Boshoff Street to Church Street and stopped for a short performance at the city hall before proceeding back to the Oval.

At the Oval spectators enjoyed the entertainment, which included Professor and Tozozo, Thabisile, Woodlands High Dancers and rock band Zephyr.

Before the parade, uMgungundlovu District Municipality Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee and the chairman of the KZN Youth Commission, Nhlakanipho Ntombela, addressed crowds at the Oval.

“We have wide range of cultures and religions, and with the event today young people must learn about each other’s culture so that they can denounce discrimination such as xenophobia. We are Africans and we have to play our role in the African continent,” Bhamjee said.

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