8th Joburg Carnival Celebrates!!

Review Date: 01 Jan 2012

by Ursula Brown Managing Editor and Patrick Allen National Photographic Editor Cape Info SA

Colourful 8th Joburg Carnval spectacle New Year's Eve (Sat 31 Dec 2011) bid a final magnificent farewell to 2011to usher in a New Year full of hope and a fitting tribute to the City of Gold that has turned 125 years old. 
Braving the weather over 10000 spectators lined the streets to see the performers file past in scenes reminiscent of famous Rio Carnival in Brazil. A procession of giant puppets, stilt walkers, carnival music, jaunty dancers provided a feast of entertainment for those who had come along for the ride – both performer and spectator alike. The street children who took part for the first time in the carnivals history had the time of their lives as their months of preparation was brought to fruition – and they lent a particularly heart-warming atmosphere to the proceedings. 
Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development in the City of Johannesburg Clr Chris Vondo, who joined the thousand participants on their walk from Hillbrow to Newtown saluted the “young citizens” for the significant role they played:
“Often our youngsters are criticised for lack of creativity and are blamed for contributing to most of the social ills in our society. However, today you’ve shown us that you are a different breed. The fact that the number of participants have swelled this year, brings so much joy and hope that our youth are beginning to find positive outlets other than engage in activities that only bring grief and shame to their parents and their community at large,” said Clr Vondo.
He added that the mandate of the department of Community Development within the City of Johannesburg was to unlock the spirit of creativity through arts and culture. 
“This carnival continues to do that with pomp, grace and style. Since its inception eight years ago, the carnival has created a platform for our artists to express themselves. These flamboyant costumes, floats and other paraphernalia are designed by our very own artists. And with such talent and creativity on display, I’m convinced that soon this carnival will be in the same league as the ones in Rio de Janeiro and London.”
Amazing prizes were up for grabs for the best large costume, best troupe costume, best overall interpretation of the sub-themes, best choreographed region and best overall region, and winner of each category receives a trophy as well as thousands of rands in cash. Due to prize giving being rained out winners will be announced on 11 Jan 2012. 
2011 Johannesburg Carnival brought to you by City of Joburg's Community Development Department: Directorate of Arts, Culture and Heritage, Directorate: Sports and Recreation; Joburg City Parks, Joburg Zoo, Roodepoort City Theatre, Emergency Services, Johannesburg Development Agency; Milo; Reef Hotel, and Simba.

Photo (Courtesy Patrick Allen) : JOZI fans out in force to celebrate......