Fun, festivities at Uitenhage carnival

Shaanaaz de Jager

MORE than 100000 people flocked to Uitenhage’s Caledon Street and main square for the town’s colourful annual street carnival, which ended yesterday.

The three-day carnival, now in its 26th year, is the Rotary Club of Uitenhage’s main fundraiser.

Rotary fundraising and projects director Francois Greeff said the event had “lots of support” this year.

“We signed up eight new sponsors and made a lot of logistical changes. The decorations were also different and we had about 120 stalls this year,” he said.

The event began on Friday with the crowning of Miss Carnival while Saturday’s entertainment was provided by Afrikaans and Sotho singer and rapper Snotkop, Idols finalist Christina Williams from Port Elizabeth as well as runner-up Brenden Ledwaba.

Williams said she was “privileged” to have been part of the festival.

“It was the first time I’d been to the carnival. The crowd was great. I had a lot of [Idols] voters there and when I thanked them for voting for me the crowd made a big noise. I was surprised at the turnout.

“They also loved the fact that Brenden [Ledwaba] was there,” Williams said.

Greg Adams, of event organisers I Management, said the company was thrilled at the turn-out.

“It went exceptionally well and the feedback has been fantastic. In terms of the performing artists, we were overwhelmed by the response we received,” said Adams.

He said both Snotkop and Ledwaba had indicated they would like to return and perform at the event again next year.

“Ledwaba was overwhelmed by the reception he received from the crowd. This is the first time he has performed in Uitenhage and the first time he has performed live since Idols,” said Adams.

The festival ended with a gospel show and a performance by national artist Andile B yesterday.

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