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Cape Minstrels Second New Year Street Parade
Sing and dance to the tune of Cape Town with minstrel groups from around the city
Last Updated: 28 December 2016
The Cape Minstrels (also known as the Kaapse Klopse) take over the streets of the Mother City each year for the annual and historic Second New Year Street Parade, a colourful procession also known as Tweede Nuwe Jaar. The road march (nagtroepe) will be marching on the evening of Friday, 30 December 2016 while the big event has been confirmed to happen on Monday, 2 January 2017.
The procession of the march will start off in Rose Street in the Bo Kaap and come to a halt on the Grand Parade in the Cape Town CBD.
City officials (Traffic Services, Metro Police, Disaster Risk Management and Law Enforcement Services, the Cape Town Central Improvement District and South African Police Services) will maintain a high presence during the event to ensure that the day runs smoothly.
MORE ABOUT THE SECOND NEW YEAR CAPE MINSTRELS STREET PARADE IN CAPE TOWN (2 JAN 2017)
This yearly parade dates back to the mid-nineteenth century when the slaves in Cape Town were given one day off in the year (2 January). To celebrate, groups would dress up as minstrels, waving parasols, strumming banjos and making merry with music, dance and a parade from the District Six area through to the city centre. Many of the songs still sung today date back to the 1800s. Aside from honouring these classic tunes, repertoires are also laden with interpretations of modern pop songs to keep all ages entertained.
Each year, the City of Cape Town partners with the various minstrel groups to put on a dazzling show for Capetonians and tourists alike – more than 13 000 minstrels in over 70 troupes parade throughout the city centre in their colourful garb. The procession usually kicks off at the iconic Grand Parade but this the organisers to give the route a complete turn by starting off in the District six area and ending it off in the CBD.
ENTRY TO THE 2016 SECOND NEW YEAR CAPE MINSTRELS STREET PARADE IN CAPE TOWN (2 JAN)
As always, entry to this annual event is gratis, mahala and for free!
*Photo of single minstrel in red sequined jacket is compliments of Sara CF de Gouveia. You can see more of her work at saragouveia.com.sapo.pt.
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