Street parade opens Innibos

MBOMBELA - This year’s Innibos Festival opened with a bang when a street parade hit town and brought the CBD to a standstill on June 29.

“The street parade, which will showcase and  celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of Mpumalanga  and its’ people and get people into the festive mood for the festival,” said the department’s Sibongile Nkosi, adding that it was a good way to open the festival.
The street parade featured colourful cultural displays and groups parading, floats, drum majorettes, giant puppets, Harley Davidson bikers, vintage cars, stilt walkers and clowns.  “We are excited that the whole of Mbombela has come together to make the parade a success,” explained Nkosi. Pupils from Nelspruit Hoërskool, Valencia Combined school, Penryn, Rob Ferreira and Lowveld High participated in the parade with colourful costumes and exciting acts.  It started at the City Centre, through town, to Samora Machel Street, turn left into the R40 (Madiba Road), and then turn right at  Koorsboom street  where the second public entrance to the festival terrain is. The distance from the starting point (City Centre) to the end point (Lowveld High) is 3.3km. The festival rendezvous point at the end of the parade will be at Lowveld High School.
The Innibos National Arts Festival, which the department is one of the main sponsors, starts on 29 June and end on 2 July. The programme showcases 27 theatre productions and a vibrant festival terrain with music, stalls and great festival food.