Pick Up Litter Parade

Giant sea creatures made from litter float on drumming sounds. They dance on the beach and a crowd of people gathers around them. A great ball of litter floats into the giant jaws of a shark. The shark is choking and children rally around pull the litter ball out. Free the sea! Pick up litter!

Pick Up Litter Parade is an opportunity for people of all ages to join in with positive environmental action whilst enjoying entertainment during the school holidays. Located on the beach Jungle Theatre Company teams up with local musicians and organisations for a short show about the effects of litter on sea creatures and an interactive environmental parade. Families and groups are welcome to join in this event, which combines street theatre and carnival encouraging the public to participate in the action.

Pick Up Litter Parade is approximately 1 hour in duration and is suitable for all ages.

The first Pick Up Litter Parade took place on Muizenberg beach in December 2008 and showcased three large puppets made by local schools Muizenberg Junior, Levana Primary and Zerilda Park Primary. Along with musicians, the event attracted local residents, tourists and beach goers as well as some of the school learners and teachers who had been involved in the creation of the puppets. In 2009 other organisations came on board and Jungle Theatre Company created a short play about marine and coastal pollution to highlight the danger or litter and waste before embarking on the beach cleanup parade. Local businesses provided prizes for litter collection competitions and the event was a roaring success. In 2010 the Laduma Jungle Trainees created their own litter performances on beaches in Kalk Bay and St James and Jungle Theatre Company teamed up with Safer Together’s Moonlight Meander in Muizenberg.


  • BJK Industries
  • City of Cape Town – Economic, Social Development and Tourism – Arts and Culture Unit
  • Country Lane Developments
  • HCI Foundation
  • Kalk Bay and St James Residents and Ratepayers Association
  • Individual Donors
  • Plastics Federation of South Africa
  • Safer Together
  • St Willibrordus School and partners