dippcoo00043 .People. Coons. Cape Minstrels CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 2: Unidentified participans during the yearly "Coon Carnival" on January 2, 2003 in Cape Town, South Africa. The carnival performers are primarily mixed-race, or colored people and the carnival began in the early 19th century when slave bands played friendly competition during the annual Jan. 2 slave holiday. The parade has become a popular tourist attraction and the colorful floats are competing at a local stadium for days for the best costumes and performances..©Per-Anders Pettersson/ iAfrika Photos..