Fransman wants CT minstrel route declared

Marius Fransman wants the route used by minstrel troops to be declared a national heritage route.

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

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC)'s leader in the Western Cape, Marius Fransman, says the route used by troops during the annual minstrel carnival in Cape Town should be declared a national heritage route.

Thousands of people flocked to the Cape Town CBD on Saturday for the annual street parade, where more than 70 minstrel troops entertained the crowds.

It was carnival fever in the streets of Cape Town as minstrel troops, sporting vibrant colours and 'bling', paraded down the streets.

The crowds cheered loudly as the minstrels strutted their stuff.

Fransman attended the celebration, joining the troops as they danced in front of those gathered to watch the annual event.

"We must work that the national government now declare the route where the slaves have walked as some form of heritage route. So that people can live out their culture."

The group's hard work has paid off and rehearsals for next year's event will begin in March.