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March 23, 2012

Road Closures for Cape Town Carnival 2012

The Cape Town Carnival 2012 will  bring music, magic and fun to the Fan Walk, in Green Point. Photo courtesy of Cape Town Carnival

Can you hear the rhythm of Afro-centric music playing through the streets of the Cape Town? Can you feel the pulsating beats of the drums through the city? Are you ready to be dazzled by the costumes and floats on display in the most urban of settings?

If you've answered yes to any of these questions, you know it is time for the Cape Town Carnival 2012 on Saturday, March 24, 2012. The theme is Cape to Cairo: An African Odyssey, and it is set to attract thousands of spectators to the city’s Fan Walk on Somerset Road, in Green Point.

This year’s parade features a smorgasbord of performances by both local and international carnival acts. In addition to belly dancers, rope skippers and hip hop dance crews, Brazilian dancers Marcella Alves and Raphael Rodrigues, and winners of the 2011 Flag Bearing Couple Competition, will bring a touch of the famous Rio Carnival to the Capetonian proceedings.

Jay Dowes, the Carnival CEO is ready to welcome this year’s festivities to the Fan Walk and chatted to us about what it takes to host a great Capetonian Carnival.

Would you like to know what to expect at the Cape Town Carnival? Here’s a video of last year’s cultural extravaganza:

Video courtesy of Cape Town Carnival

For those of you heading out to the city centre and Fan Walk (and if you’re not, you should be!), please note the following important road closures:

Road closures Saturday, March 24, 2012 - Sunday, March 25, 2012 

Somerset Road CBD bound carriageway, at the intersection of Ashtead Road and Somerset Road (Saturday and Sunday morning) 03h00 - 05h00

Prestwich Street, Alfred Street and Chiappini Street 10h00 - 01h00

Chiappini Street, Prestwich Street and Somerset Road 10h00 - 01h00

Somerset Road, intersection of Buitengracht Street and Somerset Road 14h00 - 01h00

Chiappini Street Battery Centre and Somerset Road 14h00 - 01h00

Hudson Street Harley Davidson and Somerset Road 14h00 - 01h00

Dixon Street Cubana and Somerset Road 14h00 - 01h00

Alfred Street Schiebe Street and Somerset Road 14h00 - 01h00

Napier Street Sacred Heart Church and Somerset Road 14h00 - 01h00

Napier Street BP and Somerset Road 14h00 - 01h00

Moreland Street Napier Street and Somerset Road 14h00 - 01h00

Cobern Street Intersection Somerset Road 14h00 - 01h00

Liddle Street Intersection Somerset Road 14h00 - 01h00

Die Smit Street KFC and Somerset Road 14h00 - 01h00

Ebenezer Road Prestwich Street and Somerset Road 14h00 - 01h00

Main Road Intersection of Granger Bay Boulevard and Main Road (CBD bound carriageway) 14h00 - 01h00

Highfield Road Highfield Street and Somerset Road (limited access from 14h00-17h00) 14h00 - 01h00

Boundary Road Intersection Somerset Road (limited access from 14h00-17h00) 14h00 - 01h00

Wessels Road Intersection Somerset Road (limited access from 14h00-17h00) 14h00 - 01h00

Wessels Road Intersection Somerset Road (limited access from 14h00-17h00) 14h00 - 01h00

Exhibition Ter Intersection Main Road (limited access from 14h00-17h00) 14h00 - 01h00

Ashtead Road Intersection Main Road (limited access from 14h00-17h00) 14h00 - 01h00

Granger Bay Boulevard, Helen Suzman Boulevard traffic circle to Main Road 14h00 - 01h00

Somerset Road Highfield Street and Vesperdene Road, Seapoint bound carriageway 14h00 - 01h00

Main Road Seapoint bound carriageway between Upper Portswood Road and York Road 14h00 - 01h00

Main Road Varneys Road and Granger Bay Boulevard CBD bound carriageway (vehicles needing to access car park behind ultra liquor can do so) 17h00 - 01h00

Main Road Varneys Road and Granger Bay Boulevard CBD bound carriageway, curb side lane and parking bays (Sunday morning) 01h00-09h00

No stopping Saturday, March 24, 2012 - Sunday, March 25, 2012 

Somerset Road/Main Road Somerset Road/Main Road 01h00-01h00

Prestwich Street Bennet Street and Napier Street (East curb side parking bays) 06h00-01h00

Prestwich Street Ebenezer Road and Bennet Street (Both curb sides) 06h00-01h00

Waterkant Street Highfield Street and Chiappini Street 12h00-01h00

Upper Portswood Road Main Road and Thornhill Road 12h00-01h00

Cavalcade Road York Road and Upper Portswood Road 12h00-01h00

York Road Norman Road and Main Road 12h00-01h00

Helen Suzman Boulevard, Seapoint bound carriageway between Vlei Road and York Road (all embayments) 12h00-01h00

Somerset Road CBD bound carriageway between York Road and Varneys Road 14h00-01h00

Moreland Ter Somerset Road and Napier Street 14h00-01h00

Napier Street Prestwich Street and Hospital Street 14h00-01h00

Exhibition Ter Up to Main Road 14h00-01h00

Ashtead Road Norman Road and Main Road 14h00-01h00

Hospital Street between Napier Street and Alfred Street East curb side bays 13h00-18h00

Free MyCiti Bus services: Free buses will depart from the Civic Centre bus station to the Stadium every 10 minutes from 18h00 - 01h00.

Extended service from Civic Centre to Table View: An extended MyCiti express service (no stops) between Civic Centre and Table View bus stations will offer a free homebound service to carnival goers from 22h00 until 02h00 with departures every 30 minutes. Table View feeder services will operate from 00h00 to 02h30 at a 30 to 40 minute frequency. Prior to the Carnival, spectators will be required to purchase the normal MyCiti ticket to travel to the Civic Centre bus station.

Impact of road closures: Public transport services that, for any portion of their routes, operate along closed or restricted roads may have some route section deviations. Normal scheduled bus services will be affected by these road closures in the Green Point area, as well as the CBD from 14h00 on the March 24, 2012

Parking: Parking restrictions will be enforced in residential areas adjacent to the Fan Walk from 00h00 to 24.00 on March 24, 2012. Motorists are advised to obey the signage.

Limited parking is available for private vehicles in the stadium precinct. Parking tickets are available at parking venue. On street parking in the CBD will be available but no additional security will be provided. Parking tariffs will apply until 18h00 when on street parking become free of charge.
V&A Waterfront has approximately 3,500 parking bays available to the general public. There is a charge associated with this parking. Parking is available at the Foreshore and at Culemberg.

People with disabilities: Dedicated parking has been allocated at Gallows Hill. Only people with an official disability permit from the city will be allowed to park in this dedicated parking area.

The Cape Town Carnival parade starts at 20h00. For more information, visit www.capetowncarnival.com.

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