March 11, 2014
Cape Town Carnival 2014: all you need to know and where to stay
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.
Imagine a parade of colourful floats, vibrant music, agile dancers and more, setting the streets of the festive-loving Mother City alight…that is the Cape Town Carnival, which will be held on Saturday 15 March, 2014.
This popular annual cultural event, supported by the City of Cape Town, is a highlight on our calendar and sees thousands of residents and visitors flock to the Fan Walk in Green Point each year for the beautiful and thrilling parade of performers and floats.
The theme for this year’s Carnival is Imagine and is set to be a spectacle of all that is whimsical and creative in our World Design Capital.
Before you head out to the Fan Walk on Saturday, here’s what you need to know to enjoy the Cape Town Carnival:
- The Floats: Just when you think the 2014 floats couldn’t possibly compare to previous years’ editions, Tsogo Sun’s brilliant marketing team, in collaboration with Angela McPherson, produces The African Dream Doll float a towering 6 meter tall multi-coloured puppet figure in the hues of the rainbow nation and representing the core characteristics of the Tsogo Sun brand: leadership, passion, variety, seduction and energy. The African Dream Doll float will be joined by the studs of the Cape Town Fire Department who leave little to the imagination; a super-secret Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) designed float and more.
- The Entertainment: Let the Carnival folk entertain you at the Cape Town Stadium forecourt with the likes of Eoan Crew, Hip Fusion Belly Dancers, the Limited Edition Drum Corps SA and the Bio Rhythm Zumba crew. Your MC for the day will be the lovely Elana Afrika-B
- The Road Closures: If you’re joining us by car, please be aware of these road closures. Alternatively, park your car nearby and walk all along the Fan Walk from the City Centre to Green Point to experience the true festival spirit.
- The Free Family Fun: What is the cost of this premier family-orientated event? Nothing, friends, it's FREE! Bring the kids and grandparents for some good, clean quality family time.
Spend your Carnival weekend at Tsogo Sun:
The Cape Town Carnival isn’t called the little sister of the Rio de Janeiro Carnival for nothing … it’s going to be one BIG party so, why not enjoy a festive weekend at the luxurious Tsogo Sun hotels from as little as R 550 per person sharing? Visit our deals section for all of the comfy details.
For a taste of what to expect at the 2014 Cape Town Carnival, watch the video of the 2013 event by News 24 below:
For more information about the Cape Town Carnival, please visit www.capetowncarnival.com.