The Kaapse Klopse Karnivaal Association, the organisation responsible for the Cape Town Street Parade (Tweede Nuwe Jaar), supported by the City of Cape Town, has lauded the successful hosting of the event on Saturday 4 January 2020.
The event featured 42 troupes, compromising approximately 10 000 individual performers for one of Africa’s biggest cultural events.
The groups marched from Hanover Street in District Six, along Darling Street past City Hall and the Grand Parade before taking on a route that came to an end in the Bo-Kaap.
Mayor Dan Plato says it was a fantastic atmosphere.
“The various minstrel groups put on a magnificent performance and ensured that the thousands of people lining the streets were thoroughly entertained. We want to express our gratitude to all those who made the day possible and the troupes for a wonderful event which contributes a lot to the City’s cultural heritage, development and the local economy.”
Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith says this is one of Cape Town’s flagship events.
“The City has vision for the event’s long-term growth and we believe the three-year agreements we signed with some of the organisations is part of ensuring that. This will ensure the event is secure, safe and has certain guarantees which will assist the event organisers in attracting more corporate sponsorship.”
The Cape Town Street Parade is just one of several Minstrel, Christmas Bands and Malay Choir events that the City is supporting over the coming months.
The City’s Event Permit Office has issued permits or is in the process of finalising permits for at least 21 Minstrel, Christmas Bands and Malay Choir events taking place between 30 December 2019 and February 2020.