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What you need to know about Tweede Nuwe Jaar 2024

Last updated: Friday, 29 December 2023

As we enter into a new year, one of Cape Town’s most beloved annual celebrations is once again kicking off on 2 January 2024. The Tweede Nuwe Jaar parade by the Kaapse Klopse attracts tens of thousands of spectators as they walk through the city centre with their colourful, sequenced outfits, painted faces, instruments, parasols and more.


The Kaapse Klopse will do their yearly parade through the city in a longstanding tradition. Image: Cape Town Street Parade

THE TWEEDE NUWE JAAR 2024 ROUTE

The opening ceremony begins at 1.30pm and people can begin to gather from 12pm. It’s best to arrive as early as possible to secure a front spot to have full views of the parade. With an estimated 20 000 performers, the route will begin in District Six along Hanover Street and finish in Rose Street, Bo-Kaap. There are a number of different performing troupes, all following each other with enough time to enjoy every performance.


Check the official social media pages for more info. Image: Cape Town Street Parade

IT’S FREE

The street parade will have free entry with four grandstands (196 seats per stand) for seating, which will operate on a first come, first serve basis. With some people planning to camp overnight for a good spot, upwards of 50 000 spectators are anticipated to be out in support of the Kaapse Klopse. Try to arrive as early as possible to avoid disappointment. 


Plan ahead and arrive early. Image: Cape Town Street Parade

THERE ARE SOME RULES

Spectators are welcome to bring blankets, cooler boxes, and foldable chairs to be comfortable. No glass is permitted so please make sure that any snacks are in non-glass containers, such as tins or plastic. Other banned items include weapons, alcohol, and drugs. A general rule is to be mindful of others and to enjoy this celebration of Cape culture. 


Enjoy the day with clean fun. Image: Cape Town Street Parade

THERE’LL BE ROAD CLOSURES 

Be sure to check the various road closures in and around the city centre on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 and look for updates via the parade’s social media pages. All roads listed below will be closed from 6am January 2nd to 12am January 3rd.
 

Street 

Between 

Hanover Street 

Chapel Street - Adderley Street

Tennant Street

Caledon Street - Sir Lowry Road

Sir Lowry Road 

Darling Street - Tennant Street

Primrose Street

Caledon Street - Darling Street

Canterbury Street

Caledon Street - Darling Street

Harrington Street

Caledon Street - Darling Street

Parliament Street 

Longmarket Street - Darling Street

Parade Street

Caledon Street - Darling Street

Corporation Street

Longmarket Street - Darling Street

Plein Street

Longmarket Street - Darling Street

Buitenkant Street

Caledon Street -Strand Street

Lower Plein Street

Darling Street - Strand Street

Adderley Street

Wale Street - Strand Street

Castle Street

Burg Street - Adderley Street

Hout Street

Burg Street - Adderley Street

Shortmarket Street

Burg Street - Adderley Street

Church Street

Burg Street - Adderley Street

Wale Street

Adderley Street - Rose Street

Longmarket Street 

Long Street - Parliament Street

Burg Street

Longmarket Street - Wale Street

Loop Street

Dorp Street - Church Street

Bree Street

Church Street - Dorp Street

Van Der Meulen Street

Dorp Street - Church Street

Rose Street

Wale Street - Strand Street

Hellinger Lane/Street 

Chiapinni Street - Buitengracht Street

Church Street 

Chiapinni Street - Buitengracht Street

Longmarket Street

Chiapinni Street - Buitengracht Street

Shortmarket Street

Chiapinni Street - Buitengracht Street

Hout Street

Chiapinni Street - Buitengracht Street

Castle Street

Chiapinni Street - Buitengracht Street


ENJOY MORE WITH A COMPETITION

The Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association will also be hosting the Annual Kaapse Klopse Competition at Athlone Stadium where 19 troupes will be performing in weekly stadium competitions from the first week of January 2024 to the first week of February 2024. More details and tickets can be found via Computicket.


To see more of the Kaapse fun, buy tickets to the Klopse competition. Image: Cape Town Street Parade

CELEBRATE TWEEDE NUWE JAAR 

Tweede Nuwe Jaar takes place: 2 January, 2024, 12pm to 10pm
Location: Various locations surrounding Cape Town city centre
Contact: Instagram, Facebook 
Cost: Free (first come, first serve)

By Sarah Williams  

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