Cape Town Carnival’s ‘Mother City, Mother Nature’
Make way Rio! Cape Town Carnival is here!
If you were lucky enough to be in Cape Town last Saturday, you would’ve experienced an unusual buzz around the Green Point area. Thousands of people filled the streets, some dressed in sparkling outfits, to witness Cape Town’s annual Carnival; A beautiful parade of some of our local dancers, celebs, heroes and artists having a ball in our beautiful city’s streets.
The Cape Town Carnival event is the country’s pre-eminent street parade. The Green Point Fan Walk came alive with music, dance and creativity as the amazing parade of floats and costumed performers made their way through streets lined with spectators.
This year there were also two “villages” offering food and drink, as well as entertainment to carnival-goers and seating areas for a great view of the parade.
The amazed audience enjoyed the spectacle of a giant butterfly riding a caterpillar; and the Floral Kingdom, with the regal Protea centre stage. Fire was also showcased; as fynbos relies on fire to regenerate – the City of Cape Town Fire Department, Metro Police and Rescue Services were part of this blazing extravaganza, along with a special contingent of Western Cape Disaster Management teams, heroes of the devastating Knysna fires. The parade also celebrated all the different local cultures, as well as local farmers with a ‘market’-type float.
Water – an issue in the lives of Capetonians given the ongoing drought – was given heightened prominence, beautifully embodied in the Tsogo Sun Precious Water Dream Doll and the Rain Queen dancing in the silver circle of a rainwater tank.
The carnival seems to grow each year with more spectators, bigger floats and more people taking part.
The post-Carnival festivities were every bit as much of a drawcard. Mzansi Magic brought enchantment to the Mother City, with a range of artists and some of the performers joining in the “after-party”.
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And see you there next year!