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Cape Town Carnival 2021

A colourful and joyous celebration of all things Cape Town

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Every March, the Cape Town Carnival becomes an alternative to Rio with an African flavor. Lots of dancing, fireworks, large colorful floats, huge puppets, live music, and much more won't leave anyone disappointed. Pedestrians will have the city streets for themselves on the Green Point Fan Walk where they can observe 2 000 dazzling costumed performers and musicians march through the Fan Walk, bursting with positive energy vibrant dances and music. The Fan Walk is 2 kilometers long and offers many right viewing spots.

The parade usually kicks off in the evening, and it is followed by a family party, featuring some of South Africa's best musicians and singers. There is always a famous headliner. The Cape Town Carnival Village also features many emerging artists and DJs. You can listen to music while enjoying food and beverages from the vendors. There is also plenty of activities for kids, including face painting.

Every year the Cape Town Carnival has a new theme celebrating diversity, promoting social harmonisation and sustainability. The principal sponsor of the event is the city of Cape Town.

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