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    Posted December 31, 2013 by
    Takoradi, Ghana
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    African culture: Street art

    Sekondi-Takoradi Masqueraders Street Carnival

    This is an annual Street carnival celebrated every Christmas time in the Twin City of Sekondi-Takoradi in the Western Region of Ghana. This year about Twenty(20) Masquerading and Fancy clubs participated in the street carnival which is aimed at celebrating the culture of the people and commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. Almost four thousand(4000) masqueraders including men, women and children danced, choreographed, and entertained carnival goers ffrom 10:00am to about 5:00pm on the 26th of December, 2013. Masquerading clubs has been part of the Sekondi-Takoradi community for almost fifty(50) years. Some are registered as Non-governmental organisations(NGOs) and they support their younger members through the payment of school fees and health Insurance, apprenticeship training, and a variety of sponsorships. Early masqueading clubs like ANKOS, HOLY CITIES, TUMUS, NYANTA BOYS and others have been around for about forty(40) years.
    Again, names of these clubs are most of the time coined by the founders; by using the first letters of their names (eg. TUMUS) also some when they trave abroad they use the name of the cities or countries they visited as the name of the club. (eg. VALENCIA, SPAIN, L.A, BARCELONA, U.S, MISSISSIPPI)
    The young and old come out every Christmas season to celebrate the culture and the people of Sekondi-Takoradi.

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