All systems go for minstrels parade

The Baruch Entertainers are ready for the Cape Town Street Parade 2018!
Up to 100 000 people are expected to line up the streets for the annual Cape Town Street Parade also known as the Tweede Nuwejaar Road march on Saturday January 4.

The annual parade, which attracts hundreds of troupes who entertain crowds and spectators, celebrates the heritage and rich history of the people of Cape Town.

Mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, said: “For many years, the annual minstrel events were marred by incidents and organisational challenges, which is why the City is proud of the progress the organisers have made in the last few years with improving the quality and organisation of the event.”

The City will deploy its safety and security staff to ensure the safety of all those in attendance.

Residents and motorists are advised to please take note of the temporary road closures that will be in place in the city centre and surrounds to accommodate the event:

Things you should know about the 2020 Cape Town Street Parade

The 2020 Cape Town Street Parade will take place on Saturday January 4 rather than the traditional date of 2 January, as the sunset of 2 January 2020 coincides with the Friday Jum’ah of the Muslim community. 

The troupes will march from  Hanover Street in District Six and head towards the City Hall, where they will march in a horse-shoe shape onto the Grand Parade and back onto Darling Street. They continue up Darling Street into Adderley Street, up Wale Street to Rose Street in the Bo-Kaap. Crowds line the streets along the full route to experience the colourful musical spectacle.

Before the troupes march past, entertainment will be provided on a stage on the Grand Parade in front of City Hall from 12h00. There will be an opening ceremony at around 1pm, with an address by the Mayor of Cape Town, and celebrations will continue up until 10pm. 

The event is free to the public and all the people of Cape Town and visitors to the Mother City are encouraged to be a part of Africa’s largest cultural festival. 

There are R100 tickets available from Computicket for the Golden Circle, a cordoned off area which will afford ticket holders some of the best views of the troupes and the entertainment.