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KwaZulu Fam - An extravaganza of flutters, fashion, feasts and fun

20th July 2017 - 11:40am

A local ‘A list’ celebrity with Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz)

A local ‘A list’ celebrity with Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz)

‘July Fever’ comes once a year on the first Saturday of July when Africa’s greatest horse racing, the Durban July takes place.   It is an extravaganza of flutters, fashion, feasts and fun.   This glitzy annual event held at the Greyville Racecourse in Durban is one of the major highlights in the KwaZulu-Natal social calendar and was attended by over 55,000.   The fashion theme for this year was ‘The Colour of Magic’ and certainly vibrant colours were worn by nearly everybody.   This prestigious event, which is so much more than sport, is a glamorous social get together and fashion spectacle, the 121st in its history, and had a record number of hospitality marquees at any event on the African continent.

Tourism KZN had their own hospitality tent where we were wined, dined and entertained for the day and treated to fashion shows, comedians, dance performances, DJs, magicians and various other forms of entertainment.   While some attendees at the event were there to watch the horse racing, which goes on late in the evening under floodlights, most were there to strut their stuff, show off their ensembles, see and be seen, ogle at others and celebrity watch.   After the last horse race there is a naked men’s race where over 50 naked men run on the racetrack to the delight of the cheering crowds – sorry no photos available!   Apparently this has become an annual tradition at the Durban July.   Our Fam trip group had a magical day at the Durban July in the Zulu Kingdom.


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A local ‘A list’ celebrity with Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz)
Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz), Jenny Robertson (Flight Centre UK), Debbie Marshall (Guide), Gordon Manning (Irish Sun), Reggie Sithole (Region Coordinator Tourism KwaZulu-Natal), June Smith (Barrhead Travel UK), Lindsey Ingham (Carrier Travel UK) and Pauline Westgate (Travel Counsellors UK)
The sign on our coach
A display in the KZN hospitality marquee
South African KZN banner
Some of the stylish ladies
Strutting their stuff
Style suitable for a horse race event
Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) and some locals
Reggie Sithole (Region Coordinator Tourism KwaZulu-Natal) and his wife Bathu Sithole
Some smiling beauties
Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz)
More stylish ladies with Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz)
Fashion show in the KZN marquee
Showing off their style with Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz)
A view of the race track
Two local ladies with Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz)
Cheek to cheek with Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz)
Wow
A South African celebrity with Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) and Reggie Sithole (Region Coordinator Tourism KwaZulu-Natal)
If you have it you flaunt it
The horse racing continued under floodlights
Definitely!

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