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2014 Guide

The theme for the Cape Town Carnival in 2014 is “Imagine” and we’re all set to tickle your imagination with endless possibilities. It’s an opportunity to gather together, bring your boldest and brightest moves and enjoy a shared celebration on the city’s streets. Everyone is welcome. And anything is possible! 15 March 2014 will see the 5th Cape Town Carnival explode onto the Fanwalk in Greenpoint , Cape Town. With over 2 000 costumed performers, a spectacular parade of giant floats and live musicians, it’s an experience you simply can’t miss.

Own the streets! From 3 pm the FanWalk turns into a pedestrian walkway filled with fun, food and folk enjoying the freedom of their city streets. Enjoy the festive vibe in a safe and secure street market area before the spectacular Carnival parade will begins at 7:30 pm! Then party the night away at the Carnival end-party which will feature DJ Fresh and South African super-band MiCasa.

Cape Town Carnival Thematic Artwork for 2014

Our Parade Route Map

Click here to download it in PDF format.

Road Closures and Transport

Find full info about road closures and transport here: http://www.capetowncarnival.com/road-closures-and-transport-services/

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will the 2014 Cape Town Carnival parade take place?

It is held on the Fanwalk in Greenpoint , Cape Town – an area that has become synonymous with big street parties. The street is flanked by hotels, restaurants, bars and is a stone’s throw from the popular V&A Waterfront.  

How much does it cost?

Free. Gratis. Mahala. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, the Cape Town Carnival is a completely FREE community event.

Is it just a parade?

No way! There’s absolutely loads of awesome things to do. From 3pm in the afternoon the FanWalk will turn into a pedestrian walkway filled with food vendors, stalls and festive hospitality areas. Enjoy a bite to eat while you watch the colourful crowds go by. The Carnival parade begins at 7:30 pm and lasts approximately 2 hours. Expect to dazzling large scale floats accompanied by over 2 000 elaborately costumed dancers, musicians and performers. We round off the night with a bang as South African supergroup MiCasa and the legendary DJ Fresh host a party at the parade end point.

What should I wear?

a. Comfy walking shoes – the FanWalk is 1 km long and there will be lots of things you’ll want to explore.

b. A fantastical Carnival mask – the Carnival is an invitation to create and participate! We’d love to see you in the wildest and wackiest mask/outfit that you can imagine.

Can food and drinks be purchased at Carnival?

Yes, the FanWalk is lined with bars, restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets. You can also support the local food vendors that will have stands along the parade route.

Can I buy/consume alcohol on the FanWalk?

You are welcome to enjoy an alcoholic beverage in one of the many bars along the FanWalk or in one of the access-controlled liquor vending areas. No alcohol may be consumed in public areas and the SAPS, CCID and security personnel will be on hand to ensure that this is enforced.

What is the best way to come into the city?

Details of the buses and trains running on Carnival Day will be confirmed closer to the time and posted up here and elsewhere on the website.