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Don’t miss the safe and free Joburg Carnival!

December 14, 2009

Join the City of Joburg in saying “Woza Africa 2010” this New Year’s Eve when the Joburg Carnival takes to the streets and goes soccer-crazy in anticipation of the World Cup next year. 

The Joburg Carnival will unite the city’s residents for a safe and fun-filled street parade for the sixth year. The theme for this year is “Woza Africa 2010”, and you can expect the streets of downtown Joburg to pulsate with the usual colour, music, and energy of a carnival, combined with the anticipation of the Beautiful Game’s most awesome competition, which is taking place on African shores for the first time.

The merry procession begins in the early afternoon in Braamfontein, and makes its way across the Nelson Mandela Bridge to Newtown Park. There is an eclectic assortment of troupes, choirs, bands and floats that will make their way along the roads to strut their stuff.

According to police statistics, since the Joburg Carnival was initiated six years ago, crime levels and disturbances in the inner city have decreased over the New Year’s period, and so the carnival is a free and safe New Year’s entertainment option, hosted by the City of Joburg itself.

This year, carnival participants had the opportunity to take part in carnival camps ahead of the main event, enabling them to be trained in various carnival-related arts, and so possibly equipping them with skills that might in future earn them a livelihood. Communities from all over the city take part in these carnival camps, and every one of the seven regions of the city has been allocated an African country that has qualified for the World Cup: Nigeria; Ivory Coast; Ghana; Cameroon; Algeria; and South Africa. Brazil has also been thrown into the pot as they host the next World Cup.

The parade will culminate in festivities in Newtown Park, including a broad variety of traditional food and entertainment representative of the multicultural melting pot that Johannesburg is. Don’t miss this on 31 December 2009!

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