A MyCapeTown selected video about Cape Minstrel Carnival:
While the rest of the world is shaking off New Year hangovers, Cape Town is still celebrating.
The “Second New Year” is an official public holiday to commemorate the day slaves were given off for their festivities.
And a colourful day it has been for more than 150 years.
Minstrel troops have spent months practicing the routines which entertain thousands of holiday makers and citizens of Cape Town.
They dance, sing and play music through the streets, keeping alive the memory of the slaves brought to South Africa by Dutch colonisers.
The slaves, mostly from Malaysia and Indonesia, had to tend to their masters on New Year’s Day.
But they were allowed their own street party on 2 January.
The tradition continued after emancipation in 1838, when the minstrels serenaded at the homes of fellow freed slaves.
This is the climax of the street carnival:
Minstrels of all ages strut their stuff and hope to be noticed by the judges, who will select the best troupe at the end of the week.
“Always good to watch. We’ve been watching at the Waterfront but
today I think seeing all of them together is going to be fun.”
SUPER CAPTION: Annette Redford, Spectator
It is not so much the joy of competing as the joy of participating which animates marchers and onlookers alike.
Each troupe designs its own outfits in special colours and composes its own song for the carnival.
For weeks before the parade, colours are strung up between the houses in both the former slave area of Bo Kaap in the city centre and in outer-lying mixed-race suburbs.
Black and mixed race citizens were forced to move from areas in and near the city in the 1960s when the apartheid government declared suburbs for whites only.
And for these descendants of freed slaves, this year’s and last year’s carnival have had an extra air of celebration:
Now they can dance in a fully democratic, multi-racial South Africa.
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