Cape minstrel officials, City expected to meet over parade

According to the CT Minstrel Carnival Association , they need to discuss matters relating to the date of the annual parade and funding.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Association is expected to meet with the City of Cape Town this week to iron out issues relating to the Tweede Nuwe Jaar Parade.

According to the association, they need to discuss matters relating to the date of the annual parade and funding.

The association's CEO, Kevin Momberg, says they're likely to meet with city officials today to discuss among others logistics around the parade.

Momberg adds the association applied to have the parade on 7 January instead of 2 January.

He says 2 January will not work for the troops because it clashes with a big competition on the minstrel calendar, which takes place the following day.

“We have a competition and if they go to the street parade for the whole day, imagine what their uniforms will look like or how they’ll look.”

This is not the first time both parties have been in a dispute.

At the weekend, the annual “Voorsmakie” parade did not take place for the first time in two decades after the city declined a permit for the event to be held.

It was declined due to non-compliance.

The Western Cape High Court also ruled against the association's application to have the event go ahead.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)