The first-ever South Coast Carnival will launch on December 15, 2018, in South Coast. Picture: Pexels.

In a bid to excite travellers to the South Coast over the festive season, Ray Nkonyeni Municipality and South Coast Tourism will host The South Coast Carnival. 

The Carnival Parade from Shelly Beach to St. Michael’s on Sea on December 15. This will be followed by live music, a Kids Zone and a Braai Festival, featuring a wide variety of shisanyama outlets and private participants from around KZN. 

Ugu South Coast Tourism CEO, Phelisa Mangcu, said the South Coast Carnival was a welcome addition to the KZN South Coast destination’s summer programme.

“People are looking for new experiences and entertainment while they are on holiday or here for the long weekend. The South Coast Carnival showcases our culturally diverse nation and rich heritage, bringing people together in a fun atmosphere through all its elements. 
"Events that have all the ingredients for promoting social cohesion are not widespread, so it’s really refreshing to be chosen as the host destination for this event.” 

The Carnival Parade will feature different associations and cultural groups, including bikers, marching bands, cultural dancers and more. Participants will register on arrival and be given tags. The MusicFest will take place on the main stage with live performances from leading industry artists. The Braai Fest will feature a competition for the “Best Meat” and the “Best Shisanyama”. 

Tickets will be made available on the day of the event at St. Michael’s on Sea or via computicket. Ticket prices range from R150 for a general pass or R200 for a general pass with Golden Circle access at the MusicFest and a VIP Pass for R350 that allows additional VIP marquee access with exclusive bar service and complimentary snacks. The Kids Zone will feature jumping castles, face painting, water and children’s games in a secure area for R50 per child. People will not be allowed to bring in their own alcohol or meat, as this will be provided for at the festival’s bar garden and food court.