Carnival ahead of World Cup

15:40, June 09, 2010      

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The first of many colorful World Cup celebrations got underway in the historical South African township of Soweto on Saturday.

Thousands gathered for a parade and carnival that turned the streets into a burst into colour and music.

The township staged the carnival as part of celebrations taking place around the country. The six kilometre parade passed through Mofolo, Orlando West and Dube in Soweto.

It also visited Vilakazi Street, the only street in the world to boast two Nobel Peace Prize winners among its residents, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.

Hundreds of people watched the colourful floats and costumed artists and performers. The carnival is an annual event supported by the country's department of Sports, Arts and Culture.

But this year's event was different because it was infused with World Cup football fever. People from all walks of life joined the historic event, including tourists who have already started arriving ahead of the World Cup.



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