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Revelers Pack Cape Town for Traditional 2nd New Year Minstrel Parade

CAPE TOWN – Cape Minstrel troupe members paraded through the streets of Cape Town in South Africa on Wednesday to mark a traditional New Year celebration harking back to the region’s colonial history.

Kaapse Klopse, also known as Tweede Nuwe Jaar (Second New Year) dates back to the 1800s when Dutch colonialists granted one day off to slaves to celebrate the new year.

As time-old tradition dictates, troupes of brightly dressed minstrels still to this day pack central Cape Town for a parade packed with music, dancing and songs.

The parade is reserved by members of the predominantly Afrikaans-speaking Cape Coloured community in the region, a largely mixed race group.

 

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