Klopse in Bo Kaap – Cape Town Minstrel Carnival (Coon Carnival)

The Klopse (Coon Carnival) happens each year on the 2nd of January, when Bo Kaap erupts and celebrates a big street party, in the centre of town. It was originally introduced by the Muslim slaves who celebrated their only day off work in the whole year.

It’s when men, woman and children wearing brightly coloured custom made colourful shiny suits and march from the Grand Parade to the Green Point stadium, singing and dancing. They also wear white hats and some carry a sun umbrella.

It takes up to year for these participants to plan, make their suits, choose music and practice for this big event!
Participants are typically from Afrikaans-speaking working class Cape coloured families who have preserved the custom since the mid-19th century.