South Africa 2.1.2018 04:25 pm

Minstrel parade kicks off in Cape Town

The City of Cape Town's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith officially opened the Cape Town Street Parade on Tuesday. PHOTO: Supplied by City of Cape Town

The City of Cape Town's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith officially opened the Cape Town Street Parade on Tuesday. PHOTO: Supplied by City of Cape Town

The annual Tweede Nuwe Jaar minstrel parade kicked off in Cape Town on Tuesday.

The City of Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for Safety and Security JP Smith officially opened the Cape Town Street Parade at 1pm.

Smith said: “This is one of the most important events of the year for Cape Town and receives the most financial support from the City of any event in Cape Town’s calendar. This year the City has given more support – both in terms of money and resources – than any year in the past.”

Smith thanked the Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association for their professionalism and hard work in pulling the event together and encouraged all the participants to enjoy themselves to the full.

Smith added that many have a vision of the street parade growing and becoming an “event that will reach an international audience, where people from around the world travel to Cape Town especially to celebrate our city’s history and culture”.

“With the right people and effort, the Cape Town Street Parade has the potential to be bigger and grander than ever before, while still maintaining its cultural heritage,” Smith added.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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