New Year parades: Many streets, services in Cape Town affected


More than 35 Malay choirs from all over Cape Town are expected to be part of the annual Cape Malay Choir Board Road March on Sunday, which stretches from the town hall to the Upper Cape.

JP Smith, Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for safety, says the parade, which is organized by the Cape Malay Choir Council, is expected to attract thousands of spectators and will only come to an end in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

“Residents and motorists are advised that several streets will be affected from 18:00 until the early hours of New Year’s Day.”

He says the MyCiTi bus service will also be affected at the same time on New Year’s Eve.

“No buses will be available on route 106 from 18:00 until New Year’s Day. Buses will also not be available at the Groote Kerk stop at this time.”

A comprehensive list of the MyCiti service interruptions for this period is available here.

Second New Year’s Parade

Smith says around 20,000 street singers will also take to the streets of Cape Town’s central business district (CBD) on Tuesday for the 2024 Second New Year’s Street Parade.

“The parade organized by the Cape Klopse Carnival Association is expected to attract more than 80,000 spectators along Darling Street, on the Parade, in Adderley Street and into the Upper Cape.

“Several performances by artists will entertain the crowd from around 12:00 in the afternoon from District Six along the historic route before ending in the Upper Cape,” says Smith.

“As a result of this event, a number of streets around the CBD will be affected.

He says these events have great historical and cultural significance for many Capetians.

“It represents the rich heritage of our beautiful city and means so much to thousands of Capetonians who grew up with the culture associated with the Malay Choirs and the Second New Year’s Parade.

“The City of Cape Town’s annual support for the event is to ensure that we can contribute to preserving these traditions for the next generations.

“We look forward to seeing all the artists take to the streets, and we appeal to residents and visitors to come out and be a part of it,” says Smith.