Minstrels dish out a spectacular

2020-01-14 06:01
Forty-two troupes participated in this year’s Cape Town Street Parade.

Forty-two troupes participated in this year’s Cape Town Street Parade.

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The Cape Town Street Parade (Tweede Nuwe­jaar), held on Saturday 4 January, again had thousands of spectators shaking their booties as they watched 42 Kaapse Klopse troupes march by.

Hosted by The Kaapse Klopse Karnivaal Association (KKKA) and supported by the City of Cape Town, the event featured approximately 10 000 individual performers.

The groups marched from Hanover Street in District Six, along Darling Street past City Hall and the Grand Parade before taking on a route that came to an end in the Bo-Kaap.

The City supported the event with funding, deployment of City services and assisting with logistical arrangements to ensure a safe event.

Mayor Dan Plato said it was a fantastic atmosphere.

“The various minstrel groups put on a magnificent performance and ensured that the thousands of people lining the streets were thoroughly entertained.

“We want to express our gratitude to all those who made the day possible and the troupes for a wonderful event which contributes a lot to the City’s cultural heritage, development and the local economy,” Plato said.

Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith, said the annual street parade is one of Cape Town’s flagship events.

“The City has a vision for the event’s long-term growth and we believe the three-year agreements we signed with some of the organisations are part of ensuring that. This will ensure the event is secure, safe and has certain guarantees which will assist the event organisers in attracting more corporate sponsorship,” he said.

The street parade is just one of several minstrel, Christmas bands and Malay choir events that the City is supporting over the coming months.



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