Mother City’s annual street parade set to delight spectators

Around 20 000 minstrel performers will take to the streets of the CBD for the 2024 Tweede Nuwe Jaar Minstrel Street Parade on Tuesday January 2. PICTURE: SUPPLIED

Excitement is building for the annual Cape Town street parade on “Tweede Nuwe Jaar”, Tuesday January 2, with thousands of minstrel troupes from all over the Mother City set to take part.

The parade, sponsored by Hollywoodbets and organised by the Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association (KKKA), will see about 20 000 minstrels perform in the streets of the city centre, building on the long tradition and legacy of Tweede Nuwe Jaar, which has been celebrated in the Cape for over 115 years.

Upwards of 80 000 spectators are expected along Darling Street, the Grand Parade, Adderley Street and into the Bo-Kaap.

Thanking their sponsors, partners and stakeholders, Muneeb Gambeno, director of the KKKA, says: “We are once again very proud and excited to be organising this iconic Cape Town event which promises the be the best edition ever.”

JP Smith, the City of Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for safety and security, said the Tweede Nuwe Jaar Parade is an event with huge historical and cultural significance to the people of Cape Town. “It represents the rich heritage of our beautiful city and means so much to thousands of Capetonians who have grown up with the culture associated with the minstrels and the Tweede Nuwe Jaar Parade.

“The City of Cape Town’s annual support for the event is to ensure that we can contribute to preserving this history and culture for the next generation.

“We are looking forward to seeing all the troupes entertain and welcome the thousands of spectators along the streets.”

The annual parade is expected to attract upwards of 80 000 spectators. PICTURE: SUPPLIED

Entertainment on January 2 starts with an opening ceremony at 1.30pm on the Grand Parade with celebrations continuing until 10pm.

The choral competitions will again be presented over a five-week period at Athlone Stadium – under the same banner of the Hollywoodbets Cape Town Street Parade – in January and early February.

As a result of the street parade, a number of roads around the CBD will be affected by the procession on January 2. Comprehensive road closures for the Cape Town Street Parade are available here: https://bit.ly/3THy9XT

The MyCiTi bus service will also be affected and MyCiTi deviations for January 2 are available here: https://bit.ly/3TKYHrd

For more information about the Cape Town Street Parade, follow their social media links on:

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