03 January 2011 by Roy Barford

Cape Town: The place to be at new year

Cape Town doesn’t sleep for the first few days of January, making it one of the best cities in the world to welcome in the new year! Not only is there always a massive assortment of New Year’s Eve parties to attend on December 31, but the Cape Minstrel Carnival and traditional new year cricket match at Newlands ensure that the festivities don’t stop until January is well under way.

This year has been no different, with Cape Minstrels still entertaining travelers in the streets this afternoon. The official Cape Minstrel Carnival, which usually takes place on January 2, was moved to January 1 this year because of logistical problems associated with having the event on a Sunday.

Thousands of Cape Minstrels today decided to put on an extra performance in protest against the change in date, and spectators were not complaining.

Sandy Smith, a visitor from the United States, explained: “I came out to Cape Town last year for the first time and met my girlfriend at the Cape Minstrel Carnival, so I decided to come back again for this year’s event. It’s terrific!”

South Africa and India are currently battling it out in the third and final international cricket Test at the Newlands Cricket Ground. Today’s match will ultimately decide the series, with the score currently standing at 1-1. According to the South African Weather Service, the next few days will be sunny and dry, meaning that there will be no further weather delays as there were on day 1.

Tickets to the match cost R60 for the grass embankment and R70 for a seat in the stands. Your ticket is valid for one day only. Anyone interested in attending can buy tickets by popping into a PostNet store.

Some of the bigger new year parties in Cape Town included the fireworks at the V&A Waterfront, the Johnny Clegg concert at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and a host of beach parties in Camps Bay and Clifton.

If you missed out, don’t be too upset - there will be plenty more celebrations in the Mother City at the end of 2011…

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