Cape Minstrel parade set to start at midday today

The 60 minstrel troupes, comprising of close to 30,000 minstrels, will take part in the day’s festivities.

Celebrations at the annual Cape Minstrels Tweede Nuwe Jaar Parade. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Minstrel Carnival Association says today's Tweede Nuwe Jaar parade through the city centre will begin promptly at 12 o'clock.

The 60 minstrel troupes, comprising of close to 30,000 minstrels, will take part in the day's festivities.

The parade will begin in front of the Castle in Darling Street, where the Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa and Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille are expected to address the crowd.

The association's Kevin Momberg said everything is sorted for today.

"All the logistics, all the plans have been in place, everybody knows what they should do, how they must do it, when they must do it. We're also doing a performance there for the slaves in front of the castle."

The parade is notorious for starting late, but Momberg said this year it will happen on time.

"We'll start officially at 12 o'clock. Everything will happen on time. We just spoke to the people, we know they're discipline, they will do it again. Last year everybody appreciated that we're there on time, this year we'll be there at 12 o'clock."