Over 60 troupes boast CT's heritage at colourful Minstrel Carnival

The annual Tweede Nuwe Jaar Minstrel Carnival is underway in the Cape Town City Centre this afternoon.

A man takes part in the annual Tweede Nuwe Jaar Minstrel Carnival in Cape Town on 2 January 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The annual Tweede Nuwe Jaar Minstrel Carnival is officially underway through the streets of Cape Town and over 60 troupes are marching through the City Centre this afternoon.

But as in previous years, the event started almost two hours late.

Thousands of Capetonians have come from all over, to get a glimpse of the colourful festivities in the Cape Town CBD this afternoon.

Families from Hanover Park wait for the parade on Darling Street in the Cape Town City Centre. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

Minstrel troupes, including the Woodstock Starlets, the Rainbow Nations, the Manenberg Superstars, the Nokia All Stars and the Carnival Boys are parading through the streets in their colourful and dazzling outfits.

Close to 30, 000 minstrels are participating in the festivities.

Ishmail Buffkins will be judging the troupes, to determine which group is the best dressed.

He says, "People grow up with this, like I have. The carnival's been here for over 60 years now and it's like it was then. It's our heritage."

Buffkins says he's proud to see so many people coming out to celebrate their heritage.