Johannesburg Carnival fizzles out
BILLED as curtain-raiser for the new year's entertainment, the yearly Joburg Carnival on Thursday failed to live up to expectations.
Happening for the sixth time in Johannesburg the event was regarded as one of the big ones that would usher in 2010 on a high note.
But the carnival lacked excitement, fun, colour and glamour. Above all, it failed to attract more participants this year.
Only a few troupes, bands and floats paraded down on the city streets from Braamfontein to Newtown.
The bash featuring local artists, which usually takes place after the carnival on Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, was not staged because of a lack of funds.
With this year's theme being Woza Africa 2010, participants showcased their passion for soccer in Africa with their costumes. The creations of the carnival were inspired by the colours of countries such as Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon, Algeria and South Africa, which will be part of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
Some of the groups that took part looked unprepared and clueless about their routines.
Though the carnival was boring, councillor Mzwandile Tyobeka of ward 63 said police statistics had shown that the carnival had helped reduce crime levels and disturbances in the inner city over the New Year's Eve period.
Tyobeka told Sowetan just before kickoff: "We use the carnival to unite city residents. Six years ago we got tired of these things and sat down with the police."