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2015 Cape Town Carnival goes ELEMENTAL

A dazzling parade of carnival floats, hip-shaking dancers and foot-stomping bands, will storm the Green Point Fan Walk on Saturday, 14 March for the sixth annual Cape Town Carnival.

The evening will radiate glamour and glitz as 47 community performance groups  interpret the ELEMENTAL theme of Fire, Water, Air and Earth – ‘the unstoppable forces that shape us and our environment.’

Participants and spectators are invited to embrace the 2015 theme and dress for the occasion.  Shelley Finch, Cape Town Carnival’s Marketing, Media and Sponsorship Director says: “We encourage all of Cape Town to share in this spectacular night with us. Shine bright, dive into the sea, soar into the skies and float back down to earth while celebrating our interconnectedness, our relationship to each other, and our environment with Cape Town Carnival 2015.”

The first Cape Town Carnival was held in Long Street in 2010, when close to 11 000 people marked the occasion, together with the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup. Since then, the crowds have swelled to over 50 000, with the parade now taking place along the Green Point Fan Walk. The expansion of Cape Town Carnival has helped to create local job opportunities, and assisted with skills and economic development across many communities, all within the inspiring arena of creative expression.

An explosion of fireworks at 19h00 will mark the start of the procession, which will wind along the 1.2km Fan Walk. Crowds will be blown away by the dazzling performers, inspired floats, imaginative puppets and extravagant contraptions.  Local designers together with an astounding array of costumes, puppets, gadgets and giant floats, will ensure that audiences will be treated to a world-class experience.

According to Finch, a life-sized elephant walking through the forest and a 10-meter long snoek puppet, operated in “Chinese dragon” style are two of this year’s creative highlights.

On event day, the audience is encouraged to join in the street festivities anytime from 16h00, when it will turn into a pedestrian walkway with food vendors, stalls and festive hospitality areas. “This is a great opportunity to introduce children to the diversity of our magical city and get them in the mood for the evening’s festivities with goodie-bag giveaways, face painting, acrobats and buskers,” says Finch.

“Many youths are participating in the Cape Town Carnival, and by simply being involved in creative and positive activities, they learn new skills and develop pride in their work.” The Fan Walk will close at 18h00, to allow for final preparations and cleaning ahead of the procession at 19h00.

Cape Town Carnival is an exciting multi-cultural event that enables Carnival-goers to “escape into carnival realm,” says Finch, where friends unite to celebrate their diversity. “Dress up… be a diva… bring your own style tribe with you. Come together with pride in Cape Town’s biggest street party and flaunt your cultural identity!” adds Finch.

The Cape Town Carnival After Party brought to you by Redd’s will allow partygoers to rock to some of SA’s hottest musical talent on the Green Point Stadium Forecourt from 21h00 until midnight. Entry is free on presentation of a ticket given away along the Fan Walk during the Carnival (for over 18 year olds only). One lucky person in the party crowd will win a car through the Redd’s After Party competition.

Getting to the Cape Town Carnival with public transport will be easy as additional MyCiti and Park & Ride facilities will be in operation. Metrorail will also offer a selection of late night trains for commuters.  Restaurants and cafés all along the route will be open and there will be seating stands along the Fan Walk for those wanting to be within inches of the performers.  Finch adds, “It’s a safe and wonderful fun-filled extravaganza, and a perfect place to meet friends and bring the family. Make Cape Town Carnival an annual tradition!”

In the lead-up to the 2015 event, Carnival-enthusiasts can sample a taste of the action at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre every weekend where participating community performance groups will display their hip-shaking dance talent and energetic music. Expect the glam lead performers to photobomb your selfies in their outrageous ELEMENTAL costumes. Grab a free Carnival mask invitation here, with all the info you need to make 14 March 2015 a memorable family day.

For more information on the 2015 Cape Town Carnival, visit www.capetowncarnival.com, like them on Facebook www.facebook.com/TheCapeTownCarnival or follow them on Twitter @CTCarnival.