IN PICTURES: Cape minstrel carnival in full swing

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A group playing musical instruments at the Cape Town's Minstrel carnival celebrations.

A group playing musical instruments at the Cape Town's Minstrel carnival celebrations.

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A group playing musical instruments at the Cape Town's Minstrel carnival celebrations.

A group playing musical instruments at the Cape Town's Minstrel carnival celebrations.

CAPE TOWN – Cape Town’s annual minstrel carnival was in full swing late into Tuesday night as colourful troupes sang and danced their way through the city centre.

Thousands of spectators lined the streets throughout the day for the traditional celebrations.

The minstrel festival that takes place annually on 2 January and is referred to as Tweede Nuwe jaar (Second New Year).

Thousands of minstrels take to the streets garbed in bright colours, wearing colourful regalias, carrying umbrellas and playing different musical instruments.