Cape Town ushers in the new year with the Minstrels

By MapMyWay
31 December 2019

Minstrels
Cape Minstrels events

The Cape Minstrels celebrate the heritage and rich history of the people of Cape Town and they attract hundreds of troupes who entertain crowds and spectators.

The Cape Minstrels competitions taking place at the Athlone Stadium and Florida Park Stadium in Belhar, commencing on New Year’s Day.

On Saturday 4 January 2020, crowds of up to 100 000 people are expected to line up along the parade route from District Six to the Bo-Kaap for the annual Cape Town Street Parade (Tweede Nuwejaar Road march).

For many years, the annual minstrel events were marred by incidents and organisational challenges, which is why the City of Cape Town is proud of the progress the organisers have made in the last few years with improving the quality and organisation of the event.

The City has responded and shown their support by signing a multi-year agreement to allow the event to grow, and the private sector has responded with the first significant corporate sponsorship that the minstrels event has seen in the last two decades.

The time has truly come for all the minstrel troupes to unite behind this signature Cape Town tradition.

As is custom with large events, the City will deploy its Safety and Security staff to ensure the safety of all those in attendance. They will not hesitate to act against any anti-social behaviour and criminality to ensure the festivals are an enjoyable experience for all.

Residents and motorists are advised to please take note of the temporary road closures that will be in place in the city centre and surrounds to accommodate the upcoming minstrel events. Minstrel Parade closures: visit