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January 02, 2013

Minstrel carnival off to a flying start

Reigning champions D6 perform outside City Hall. Photo Lynnette Johns

Reigning minstrel champions D6 marched down Darling Street singing, dancing and putting on a fine performance as they opened the 2013 carnival. On hand to welcome them was Cape Town Mayor, Alderman Patricia de Lille.

Dressed in pink and lilac, the troupe had the crowd calling for more as they stopped in front of the podium at the City Hall to wave their umbrellas and to dance. There was a spectacular scene as streamers were released high into the sky by a shooting cannon.

The pavements along the route are lined with gazebos. Photo Lynnette Johns

Thousands of people are on the Grand Parade, sitting on temporary stands and under gazebos on the pavement or reclining on mattresses and blankets. Locals and tourists have lined the route to cheer on the minstrels during the remainder of the Tweede Nuwe Jaar parade. 

The City of Cape Town has closed some roads for the day and there is a highly visible security presence which includes volunteers, the Metro Police and South African Police Services.

The city has also provided a number of water points and toilet facilities for the public.

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