When I saw the topic of the new photo challenge today, I immediately thought about one of my very early posts called “colours moving through the city”. See, I havent been posting for too long, so my early posts are still very fresh in my mind 🙂 Anyway the topic is so appropraite to this post that I decided that it warrants being published again. So, I figured in fairness to those who have already seen that post, I should at least be doing something different, and guess what I obliged by actually reorganising the photos, removing some and introducing some new ones, and also doing some editing of the text. Now how’s that for service :-). I can assure you, that by the time you get to the end of this post you’ll agree with me, this posts fits the challenge perfectly.
The Cape Town Minstrels Parade is an event that has literally been moving colours through the city for the last century. It is one of the prime cultural events of this diverse city, full of colourful people, colourful costumes, music and dance. In this time honoured tradition, numerous teams comprising adults and children (often from families that have been doing this for generations) with painted faces, dressed in bright, colourful sequinned outfits, march, dance and sing in unison, as they progress along the designated route. Each team accompanied by their own band also dressed in the team regalia, pumping out their teams signature tunes. Thousands of people line the streets on New Years Eve every year to witness this spectacle, and amongst them a kaleidoscope of colour too. The streets are closed off to all traffic, hoardings are put up along the pavements to ensure the Minstrels have uninterrupted access to the streets. These spectators come from across the City, and arrive well in advance of the parade too secure a prime vantage point to witness the parade. The streets are a hive of activity with food stalls, vendors, policemen, news reporters, family members, spectators, tourists, even homeless people. People that arrive early, bring along folding chairs, perhaps a blanket, a picnic basket with munchies, and even little makeshift beds for the little ones while the parents await the parade.
At the stroke of midnight, the parade begins on one end of the city, the troops commence marching one at a time, with each team stopping to perform in front of the eager, waiting cheering crowds. The festive atmosphere completely permeates the city. The parade continues through the city and terminates in the Bo Kaap which is a suburb above the City. The New Years Eve Parade is the commencement of an annual competition which is decided after many more parades like the New Year one, which is held in the following days and weeks. The culmination of the competition sees a winner selceted in numerous categories including best uniform, no doubt that the colours of which plays an important role in deciding who the winner is.
I waited for the follow up Parade later on New Years day, considering it was in daylight, when the Parade happened again, and made sure I was out there, camera in hand, to capture the colourful spectacle. These are some of those images……….. The journey continues…………………………….
Canon 7d, Canon 18-200mm lens f3.5/5.6, ISO 100, F8, 1/200 sec, FL=35mm
Canon 7d, Canon 18-200mm lens f3.5/5.6, ISO 100, F8, 1/200 sec, FL=100mm
Canon 7d, Canon 18-200mm lens f3.5/5.6, ISO 200, F5.6, 1/200 sec, FL=178mm
Canon 7d, Canon 18-200mm lens f3.5/5.6, ISO 100, F8, 1/320 sec, FL=50mm
Canon 7d, Canon 18-200mm lens f3.5/5.6, ISO 100, F9.0, 1/250 sec, FL=140mm
Canon 7d, Canon 18-200mm lens f3.5/5.6, ISO 100, F5.6, 1/100 sec, FL=130mm