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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: 2 January 2018

The Cape Minstrels 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 last evenings of 2017 as well as the real 'tweede nuwejaar' Tuesday 2 January 2018. 

The procession of the 2017/2018 marches will most likely start off in Rose Street in the Bo Kaap and come to a halt on the Grand Parade in the Cape Town CBD. Expect some road closures around the city on this day. Read more about the Cape Minstrels, also known as Kaapse Klopse.

MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE TWEEDE NUWEJAAR / SECOND NEW YEAR CAPE MINSTRELS STREET PARADE 

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.

As always, entry to this annual event is gratis, mahala and for free!

 

ROAD CLOSURES FOR 2 JANUARY, 2018 (6am - 12am)
 
Keizergracht Street between Chapel and Tennant streets.

Darling Street between Tennant and Adderley streets.

Tennant Street between Caledon Street and Sir Lowry Road.

Sir Lowry Road between Darling Street and Tennant Street.
 
Primrose Street between Caledon Street and Darling Street.

Canterbury Street between Caledon Street and Darling Street.

Harrington Street between Caledon Street and Darling Street.

Parade Street between Caledon Street and Darling Street.

Corporation Street between Longmarket Street and Darling Street.

Plein Street between Longmarket Street and Darling Street.

Parliament Street between Longmarket Street and Darling Street.

Buitenkant Street between Caledon Street and Darling Street.

Castle Street between Strand Street and Darling Street.

Lower Plein Street between Darling Street and Strand Street.

Adderley Street between Wale Street and Strand Street.

Hout Street between Burg Street and Adderley Street.

Shortmarket Street between Burg Street and Adderley Street.

Longmarket Street between Long Street and Parliament Street.

Church Street between Burg Street and Adderley Street.

Wale Street between Adderley Street and Rose Street.

Burg Street between Longmarket Street and Wale Street.

Loop Street between Dorp Street and Church Street.

Bree Street between Church Street and Dorp Street.

Van der Meulen Street between Dorp Street and Wale Street.

Rose Street between Wale Street and Strand Street.

Heiliger Lane/Street between Chiapinni Street and Buitengracht Street.

Church Street between Chiapinni Street and Buitengracht Street.

Longmarket Street between Chiapinni Street and Buitengracht Street.

Shortmarket Street between Chiapinni Street and Buitengracht Street.

Hout Street between Chiapinni Street and Buitengracht Street.

Castle Street between Chiapinni Street and Buitengracht Street.

VIDEOS OF KAAPSE KLOPSE & TWEEDE NUWEJAAR

*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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