2017 Idols winner to perform at Street Carnival

2017-11-23 06:00

The 30th annual celebrations of the Uitenhage Street Carnival starts tomorrow and will continue on Saturday in Caledon and Market Streets.

Road closures are from today at noon and the programme starts tomorrow afternoon at 15:00 with a host of local singers, dancers and rappers to entertain the crowd.

The highlight on Friday evening will be the first live performance of the winner of Idols 2017 competition, Paxton, to close off the night. She will be doing her versions of all the songs that made her popular in the national competition.

Saturday morning the 5km and 10km fun run starts with late entrants still having a chance to enter from as early as 05:00 on the day. The race commences at 07:00. The prize giving will be done on the main stage with crafts, fun fair and food stalls open. The runners will finish with plenty of lucky draws from Bingo Grill in Uitenhage that will be having a Lucky Wheel throughout the weekend with spot prizes.

Saturday’s activities include clowns, magicians and cartoon characters moving around to entertain the kids as well as street activities like stilt walkers and face painters. The afternoon entertainment line-up starts with a boere-orkes, hip-hop dancers and a local beatboxer (Zuma) from the Uitenhage Kwa-Nobuhle area.

A motorbike parade will see the younger adults entertained as the bikers do some tyre burning and a sound display whilst a demonstration will also be part of the activities in the afternoon.

Security & Tag a Child system

The carnival will have four different police enforcement entities (SA Police, Metro Police, Metro Security and Municipal security) one of them being the Metro Police that will be on site. Security will be in full force from start to finish to enforce on by-laws such as drinking in public and driving under the influence.

Making sure children are well cared for and protected the Rotary Club of Uitenhage has implemented a “Tag a Child” system where parents tag their kids with an armband in case the child gets lost within the crowd. Organisers then have a contact number to communicate with parents.

R15 000 cach draw

A R15 000 cash draw takes place at about 17:30 whereby one person wins R10 000 and two lucky draw winners each win R2 000 and one walks away with R1 000.

Later into the afternoon the carnival will be host to some of the most popular entertainment on offer such as Terrance, Lee-Ann Wales, Les Simon, Gerhard Pace, Stone Sisters, Sdudla Mathousand, Early B as well as Luke M.

The annual highlight is when the Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay switches on the festival lights at about 20:00.

International Artist Portia Monique will take the stage to perform her hits such as Do better, Colours of Love, Grace, Ecstasy and Nobody.

The hashtag (#sharethebay) for this year’s celebrations is in line with Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism and the promotion of Nelson Mandela Bay being proud host city to the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championship #sharethebay.

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