Camping out for minstrel carnival worth it, say Capetonians

Hundreds flocked to the CBD to get a glimpse of the annual Tweede Nuwe Jaar celebration on Wednesday.

A young member of the Kensington All Stars Troupe. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Several Capetonians who spent days sleeping in the streets to get the best view of the minstrel carnival say it was worth it.

Hundreds flocked to the CBD to get a glimpse of the annual Tweede Nuwe Jaar celebration on Wednesday.

The event showcases colourful performances of song and dance following months of preparations and practicing.

Tents, blow up matresses, blankets and containers filled with food, these were some of the items visible along Darling Street where scores of Capetonians from across the city gathered to watch the minstrel parade.

Some camped outside for days to ensure they get the best view.

Noelene Vraagom lives in the CBD and tells Eyewitness News she has camped in Darling Street for days.

"The highlight of this event is meeting friends, coming together and seeing your family in the minstrels and just coming to have fun."

A Bonteheuwel resident says he has done the same and it's worth it.

"It's like a coloured culture. It is nice to be here just to sit and watch because you do it for your family."

Many residents say they do this every year ahead of the minstrel carnival as they bring their children to enjoy the event, the same way their parents did when they were young.

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