A walk of celebration
I work with words every day. But I’m struggling to find the right – the perfect – ones to write about Nelson Mandela. Madiba.
So I have these pictures to show you instead... This past Sunday (declared a national day of prayer and reflection for Madiba) the Gauteng Carnival turned Jozi town’s streets in a riot of colour, music and smile-inducing awesomeness. There were even giant puppets. I love those giant puppets! The carnival was going to happen anyway, but with Madiba passing away it became a singing, dancing celebration of his life in many ways.
As I was watching in awe at Ellis Park and later walking with the procession to Troyeville, I felt overwhelmed but happy. And then Robin, the Best-est Husband, who ran around taking pictures and high-fiving people (true story!), said something that I think captured yesterday for me: “It’s about celebrating a person’s life – and legacy – and not just about mourning their death.”
Of course, it shouldn’t just end there, but yesterday, these words felt just right.
More about the Carnival
The carnival is an initiative Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation and the City of Joburg. It involves a process where training takes place in carnival camps and communities by artists and artisans across the province – and it all culminates in the street parade. So much work and detail have gone into the outfits, rehearsals etc. But the carnival doesn’t seem to be that well marketed, so follow the Facebook page to stay in the know.