Streets come alive

2019-03-19 06:00
Join the carnival and enjoy fun in the street.

Join the carnival and enjoy fun in the street.

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Organisers of the Harfield Village Carnival in Claremont are pulling all the stops to ensure it becomes an overwhelming success.

Carnival organiser, Harfield Village Community Improvement District (HVCID) gave a glimpse of what is to be expected on Saturday 6 April.

An estimated 15 000 spectators are expected to attend and organisers hope to raise up to R100 000.

The funds will be used to extend the camera initiative in the Village, and a portion of the money will go towards De Heide Special Care Centre situated in Second Avenue.

The centre works with physically and intellectually disabled children and adults with Cerebral Palsy.

City of Cape Town mayor Dan Plato is expected to officially open the carnival.

There will be art, books, jewelery, home decor, clothing, toys and gifts to buy. There will also be plenty of activities to keep the little ones entertained at the designated play area with a jumping castle, face painting and crafts and live music.

Jenni Coleman, from the HVCID, called on the public to come along and enjoy the carnival’s festive atmosphere and “el fresco dining” in front of various restaurants.

“We have some exciting new stallholders displaying their goods who have joined us from several well-known markets.”

Coleman says most of the stall holders are small local businesses offered space to showcase their goods at the carnival. She cautioned motorists against traffic flow interruptions and tightened security as several roads will be closed for the duration of the festival.

Road closures will be at the Second Avenue, from Durham Street to Purley Street. They will both be closed from 06:00 to 18:00. Rutland Road to Cambridge Street will be closed until 23:00.

“Only residents will be able to access the roads from either First or Third Avenue. Vehicles wanting to move from the railway side of the Village to Rosmead Avenue or vice versa, should either travel via Imam Haron Road or Kenilworth Road or via Leceister Street and along Durham or Hampstead Road,” says Coleman.

Most of the main crossroads will be accessible again after 18:00.

Coleman further warns that law-enforcement officers will be present to ensure compliance with the municipal by-laws and safety of the spectators.

Parking will be available at the schools and churches in the area. Organisers will announce these spots closer to the day.

Meanwhile, they recommend that attendees not walking to the carnival would rather make use of a taxi service and be dropped off and collected in Lincoln Street, not very far from the carnival.

“Attendees parking illegally in front of driveways, yellow lines or no parking signs will be fined, and their vehicles towed at their own cost,” says Coleman.

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