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February 12, 2013

African legends to descend on the Mother City for Cape Town Carnival

The 2013 Cape Town Carnival will celebrate the theme African Legends in the Mother City on Saturday 16 March, 2013. Photo courtesy of Adriaan Fourie

It’s the stuff of legends … one magical night when locals and visitors come together to celebrate their vibrant diversity by marching to the beat of drums, wearing fantastical and colourful costumes, and enjoying world-class entertainment.

The popular Cape Town Carnival, which has delighted spectators since 2010, will once again fill the Mother City's Fan Walk with vivid colour and boisterous energy on Saturday 16 March, 2013.

This year’s theme is African Legends, which celebrates our rich cultural heritage, including the legends of the Cape, South Africa and Africa. You can be sure that not only will this theme be honoured, but it will be done so in spectacular fashion by the Carnival performers.

Memories of last year’s sexy firemen, buxom showgirls and African Queens still linger … so what can we expect from the 2013 Carnival?

“The public can look forward to the city being brought to life by a parade of our legendary floats, including Van Hunks smoking on Table Mountain, the Flying Dutchman in full sail, the colourful Namaqualand daisies, the ancient Khoisan legend of the mantis and the moon, the spectacular Queen of Sheba, and fierce Nyami Nyami, the Spirit of the Zambezi,” says Brad Baard, the carnival's creative director.

Float-builders and costume designers have toiled for long, hard months, working on the flamboyant attires while performers have been mastering their energetic dance acts for the fourth annual Cape Town Carnival, funded by the City of Cape Town, the National Department of Arts and Culture, DStv, the Western Cape government, Media24 and Good Hope FM.

Expect dancers, drummers and extravagant floats at the 2013 Cape Town Carnival. Photo courtesy of Adriaan Fourie

Alderman Garin Cavanagh (City of Cape Town), Dr Laurine Platzky (Deputy Director-General: Strategic Programmes, Department of the Premier, Western Cape government), Rachel Jafta (CTC chairperson), Brad Baard (CTC creative director), Jay Douwes (CTC CEO), Koo Govender (Director: M-Net Corporate Marketing and Communications) and Moleleki Ledimo (Department of Arts & Culture). Photo courtesy of Vetman Design & Photography

Get your masks, hats and other festival paraphernalia and be sure to secure a front-row seat along the Fanwalk in Green Point at 17h00. The procession will start at 19h00.

If the 2013 Cape Town Carnival is anything like last year’s parade, as can be seen in the video below, we are in for a phenomenal treat:

For more information about the Cape Town Carnival, please visit www.capetowncarnival.com, join the carnival's Facebook fanpage or follow the conversation on Twitter.

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