The Cape Town Carnival is a glamorous celebration of the transformative power of creativity and our African identity with its diverse array of communities and cultures.

Every year, this festive occasion inspires our city and her people to create, build and play together – thousands of spectators converge annually on Green Point’s famous Fan Walk to join the extravagant parade of costumed performers, musicians and moving floats.

The Cape Town Carnival is operated by a non-profit trust with the purpose of staging this world-class event, simultaneously creating jobs and benefiting our local economy.

The first annual Cape Town Carnival took place on Long Street, Cape Town, amidst the electrifying festivities of the 2010 World Cup Soccer tournament. It was there that the chants of an 11 000-strong audience could be heard enjoying the spectacle. Since then, spectator crowds at the Carnival have swelled to over 50 000. Its new home on the Fan Walk, Green Point, has enabled the Cape Town Carnival to expand creatively and logistically, whilst providing increasing opportunities for creative expression, job creation, skills development, social cohesion and economic development.

The Cape Town Carnival theme is AMAZA! ~ Ocean Odyssey. From sunny beaches, rock pools & seashells, surfers and sunshine, to our place at the confluence of two oceans: The Atlantic & Indian Oceans. The Ocean is a world of possibilities. Beyond turbulence and uncertainty, there’s hope & smooth sailing. Go with the flow but navigate your way as we discover a South African ocean adventure for the Cape Town Carnival 2017. Walk on the Promenade. Play on the beach. Imagine the Strandlopers who first walked these shores. See dolphins, penguins & fishermen. Surf the waves. Dive deep beneath the surface into mystery, magic and wonder. See strange & amazing creatures from another world. Discover treasure, perhaps even Atlantis! We may return but we’ll never be the same. On the 18 of March 2017 spectators will have the freedom of the city streets on the Green Point Fan Walk. Over 2 000 dazzling costumed performers and musicians will take to Cape Town’s Fan Walk, entertaining viewers with floats and vibrant dance routines. The parade will be followed by a thumping street party, showcasing some of SA’s hottest musical talent.

Dress comfortably in your “dancing shoes” as the Fan Walk is 2 km long and there will be many things to explore. From 3pm the Fan Walk turns into a pedestrian walkway filled with fun, food and folk enjoying the freedom of their city streets. 7pm the PARADE BEGINS!

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