Minstrel Carnival underway

The colourful annual Tweede Nuwe Jaar is underway in the Mother City.

The audience waits for the Tweede Nuwe Jaars festival to kick off on 2 January 2013. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

CAPE TOWN - One of the Mother City's oldest events, the colourful Cape Minstrel Carnival, is well underway in the central business district.

Thousands of people have turned up to enjoy the so-called "Tweede Nuwe Jaar" celebrations. Several spectators arrived as early as 4am to reserve a space and pitch their tents from the street, where the minstrels are parading.

Many believe it is worth the wait as Twede Nuwe Jaar is the event on the Cape Town calendar.

They also believe the historical festival is symbolic as it celebrates both their culture and past.

Some minstrels have told Eyewitness News they have spent weeks and a small fortune preparing for the parade.

The reigning champions, the D6 Entertainers, have started wowing the crowd with their performance.

About 70 other troops will follow them with their acts up until 8pm.