THE upcoming festive season is set to be all the more exciting with the launch of the very first South Coast Carnival at St Michaels on Sea on December 15. The event is sponsored by Ray Nkonyeni Municipality and will include an array of fun activities for the whole family, including a Carnival Parade from Shelly Beach to St. Michael’s on the Sea as well as live music, a Kids Zone, and a Braai Festival at the carnival arena on the beach. “People are looking for new experiences and entertainment while they are on holiday or here for the long weekend. The South Coast Carnival showcases our culturally diverse nation and rich heritage, bringing people together in a fun atmosphere through all its elements,” said South Coast Tourism CEO Phelisa Mangcu.“The Carnival Parade consists of multiple cultural groups, so people can enjoy one another’s company and the entertainment over a mouth-watering shisanyama braai. “Events that have all the ingredients for promoting social cohesion are not widespread, so it’s really refreshing to be chosen as the host destination for this event,” said Mangcu.Event organiser Ntombi Mkhoma, from Lucretia M, said they were thrilled at the opportunity to run an ambitious event of this nature which embraces all cultures, ages, demographics, and personalities. “We will put on a unique event at one of the most fun beaches in South Africa that will surprise and delight all. This against a backdrop of colourful cultural costumes and the exciting rhythm of music and dance, as we are hosting the biggest braai in the country for people from all over. “There simply is no other event like this,” said Mkhoma.The Carnival Parade will feature different associations and cultural groups, including bikers, marching bands, cultural dancers and more. Participants will register on arrival and be given tags. The parade area will be cordoned off with speed fencing and pegs with tape for spectators. The MusicFest will take place on a main stage with live performances from leading industry artists covering various genres of music and performing acts to satisfy all tastes.