Cape Town Carnival 2013

Celebrating culture & diversity

Cape Town Carnival 2013
Cape Town Carnival 2013

The Cape Town Carnival has fast become one of the city's most popular events, and will be held for the fourth time along the Fan Walk on Saturday, 16 March 2013. Music on the Fan Walk on Somerset Road in Green Point will start along with the parade at 19h00. There will be an afterparty at the end of the parade.

The Cape Town Carnival is a non-profit organisation, with the objectives of celebrating diversity, promoting social cohesion, economic development and tourism, as well as facilitating training and development, particularly among the youth.

"Over the last few months, images of Marikana, violent strikes and protests portrayed to the world a South African society rife with discord and discontent. This is in sharp contrast to the harmonious images that the notion of a Rainbow Nation evoke. It is my dream that the Cape Town Carnival contributes to this unity. Through having fun together in all our diversity, we will learn to work together across all manner of barriers, building social cohesion and a stronger economy through 'learning by doing'," said Cape Town Carnival chairperson, Rachel Jafta.

The carnival will be themed 'African Legends' in order to celebrate both the country and the city's rich cultural heritage. The dazzling floats, costumes and entertainment promise to showcase this unique creativity and artistry by putting on an interactive spectacle that aims to unite Capetonians in a celebratory and fun atmosphere.

With more than 2 000 participants in this year's carnival, some of the floats in production include Van Hunks smoking on Table Mountain; the Flying Dutchman in full sail; Namaqualand Daisies, the Mantis and the Moon; the Queen of Sheba and the Nyami-Nyami and The Spirit of the Zambezi.

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