HARARE reverberated to the tune of the third edition of the Harare International Carnival as the month-long event drew to a colourful close yesterday amid festivity, revelry and celebration.

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WEIRD AND EXCITING . . . A South African puppeteer entertains multitudes of people who thronged Harare’s Central Business District for yesterday’s 2015 Harare Carnival Street Party — Picture: Believe Nyakudjara

WEIRD AND EXCITING . . . A South African puppeteer entertains multitudes of people who thronged Harare’s Central Business District for yesterday’s 2015 Harare Carnival Street Party — Picture: Believe Nyakudjara

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The sweltering summer temperatures, which hit the 32 degrees Celsius mark yesterday afternoon, failed to deter the thousands of people who lined up the capital’s street pavements to partake in the annual cultural festival.

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“Africa’s Biggest Street Party”, which proved to be the biggest and last episode of the jamboree, exploded into life mid-morning.

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Harare’s streets were already gridlocked – this time not by vehicles as is usually the norm – but by pedestrians who were visibly eager to wade into the party.

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As the temperatures soured, so did the numbers of people who swelled along street pavements – a clear testimony of the street party’s popularity.

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The HIC kicked off on September 19 with the Carnival Night of Champion.

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And yesterday as the street party brought the Carnival’s curtain down in style, Harare’s Central Business District was awash with colour, pomp and fanfare as the capital danced, swayed and drowned in choreographed unison to the sounds of the street party.

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Performances from foreign and local musicians and mass display artistes kept the crowd on its toes throughout the day despite the simmering heat.

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The artistes trudged in small groups to showcase their talents in the streets, eliciting appreciation from the bumper crowd.

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Popular contemporary musician Jah Prayzah managed to steal the show during the street parades, he literally brought the roof down.

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With his band aboard a mobile haulage truck, he performed one hit song after another, sending the crowd of all age groups into delirium.

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To their credit, event organisers successfully balanced the delicate task of entertaining different age groups as artistes from different genres perfomed.

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Alcohol imbibers also found themselves in unfamiliar territory as a moratorium on public drinking within the CBD came as a godsend.

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Given this alien occurrence, a few first time drinkers also found themselves on the wrong side of their alcohol uptake limit – they could be seen lying prostrate on street sides after taking one too many.

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This year’s carnival witnessed over 17 separate events being held at different venues across the capital.

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The event concluded with a Zimdancehall Carnival Night at the Harare Gardens.

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A carnival after party featuring Jamaican reggae artiste Busy Signal will be held at Glamis Arena on October 24.