Carnival lights up city

Firemen and the SAPS also made special appearances.

Jay Douwes, CEO of Cape Town Carnival, said: “After the success of last year, we were aiming to make this year’s carnival bigger and better.

“A goal we achieved with flying colours. Anticipation was high and there were more spectators than ever before – testament that the city loves this event as much as we do. It was a beautiful Cape evening and the Fan Walk was the perfect setting to celebrate both our diversity and unity.”

Artistic director of the Bridgetown Theatre Company, Theo Davids, said participating in the carnival was an amazing experience.

“One of the ladies in the team who lives in Heideveld said that the experience was life changing because she was trapped behind closed doors everyday in her community due to the gang violence in the area. It was life changing for her to do something like that. Our youth members felt very inspired and motivated to carry on going forward,” Mr Davids said.