Cape Town carnival’s iconic parade is back 

The Cape Town Carnival is back and has reverted to its iconic Carnival parade format. The mega-annual event takes place on the Greenpoint Fan Walk on 18 March 2023.

This year’s installment will be “in reverse”. It will start at York Road, Green Point and end at Chiappini St, CBD.

The Cape Town Carnival began over a decade ago with the main aim to celebrate differences and showcase our diverse South African communities. The event, which also promotes tourism to the city, boosts economic activity and generates employment opportunities in the creative sector, makes for a spectacular day out for all ages.

Here’s what to expect at this year’s event: 

Entry Costs

Entry to the event is free. However, visitors can purchase VIP Hospitality Tickets or Seating Tickets this year. VIP Hospitality Tickets cost R1450 and include access to an exclusive hospitality area on a raised viewing platform, finger foods, and a bar with selected beers, soft drinks, and wine. Seating Tickets cost R395 and include a birds-eye view from the bleacher-style terraced platform. Food and drinks are not included but will be available from local food vendors. The seating stand reference is available on the map below:

The Parade Times

The parade festivities kick off at 6pm, with the main parade procession at 7pm. Visitors can meet at Fan Walk Bridge, located at Somerset Rd in the Foreshore precinct in the CBD.


This one-day extravaganza will showcase incredible floats, costumes, artworks, dancing communities and entertainment. It is a celebration of fun, passion, and Cape Town’s “Afr’energy”.

The procession will be led by 48 community groups and performers from different parts of the Western Cape, each celebrating South African culture.

Thirteen community groups will also debut alongside well-known performers, such as the Western Province Marching Band and the Eaon Crew.

Giving Back 

Beyond being an annual spectacle, the Cape Town Carnival serves a greater purpose. The event brings together exceptional performers and artists to cultivate and sustain local participation in arts and culture while promoting creativity, encouraging celebration and increasing tourism. Additionally, the event creates job opportunities, develops skills, establish networks, and provides visibility and a voice to various communities.

Price: The event is free to enter, but visitors can purchase VIP Hospitality Tickets or Seating Tickets, which start at R395. Click here for ticket details:  

Contact: Call 021 406 3584, email, or visit 

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