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January 01, 2013

Road closures for minstrels’ Tweede Nuwe Jaar parade

Cape Town Minstrels in Adderley Street. Photo courtesy Damien du Toit

Thousands of Cape minstrels will gather at Keizersgracht from early Wednesday morning in final preparation for Tweede Nuwe Jaar (Second New Year) celebrations, a popular event on the Cape Town calendar.

Dressed in their satin finery with their their faces covered in paint, they sing, dance and perform their way from the start of the parade in Keizersgracht to the end on the corners of Castle and Rose Streets. The all-day affair is scheduled to start at noon and end at 10pm.

Thousands of locals and visitors traditionally line the route to watch the spectacle, many camping out on the pavement overnight to secure the best viewing spot. One of the best places from which to enjoy the entertainment is Darling Street.

The City of Cape Town will close a number of roads on the day to allow safe passage for the 70 minstrel troupes who hail from suburbs across Cape Town, including many from the Cape Flats. 

The parade will start at Keizersgracht, from Russel Street and Sir Lowry Street. The procession will move from Tennant Street, down Darling Street, left into Adderley Street and right into Wale Street. It will cross at Buitengracht, turn right into Rose Street and finish at the junction of Castle and Rose Streets.

Kilometres of fencing has already been erected along both sides of the route. There are controlled, designated, pedestrian crossings at Darling, Adderley, Wale, Rose and Buitengracht Streets.

Buitengracht and Wale Streets will not be closed to traffic. The city will have a stop-and-go system in place at intersections and traffic will be managed as effectively as possible. 

The city's Traffic Services, Metro Police, Disaster Risk Management and Law Enforcement Services, as well as the Cape Town Central Improvement District and the South African Police Force will maintain a high prescence throughout the event. The city will also provide medical assistance, water points and portable toilets for public use. 

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