CULTURAL PARADE AND CARNIVAL SPECTACULAR ON HERITAGE DAY
By: Nushera Soodyal
A street parade and carnival was held at Marburg Stadium to take full advantage of Heritage Day, Tuesday.
While most families lavished in the comfort of their homes, or went to the beach or held a barbeque in their backyard, Ugu Municipality hosted one of the biggest cultural events on the South Coast.
Braai Day, Shaka Day or just Heritage Day is a day set aside to learn and embrace other cultures and so citizens of South Africa pull on some of their finest traditional clothing and paraded through the street until they arrived at Marburg Stadium. The stadium was packed with people from all over KwaZulu-Natal coming in the thousands.
The street parade included a number of people from different cultural backgrounds, different flags, colours and music. The parade started at 10 am and admission was free. Police security surrounded the area and events moved swiftly. There were a lot of traditional food stands, drinks and more importantly…entertainment.
A number of dancers, Zulu, Hindi, Portuguese and traditional males in skin banging on drums, performed. The South African flag waved high as they paraded through the streets of Marburg before making their way into the stadium for formalities.
Thousands appeared at the once quiet soccer grounds to take part. The aim was to focus the public’s attention on the importance of South Africa’s diverse natural and cultural heritage.
The event featured a number of bands and local talent such as Afrotainment, Indo- African Fusion, Sifiso Ncwane, Phuzekhemisi and other local talents and artists. The mayor made a special appearance that saw all cultures uniting to pull off a mass parade and cultural carnival.
“[It’s] absolutely amazing to see all these diverse cultures dressed up and taking part in such a huge event so close to home, South Africa has amazing cultures and to see them altogether with my family,” said Rakesh Ramdhun, a spectator.