dippcoo00042 .People. Coons. Cape Minstrels CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 2: An unidentified member of the Fabulous Woodstock starlights is preparing for the yearly "Coon Carnival" on January 2, 2003 in Woodstock outside 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..