February 12, 2013
African legends to descend on the Mother City for Cape Town Carnival
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
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.
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.
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.