Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Spotlight on Seychelles: Carnaval International de Victoria 2014

Seychelles hosts another successful Carnaval

In its fourth edition, this year's Carnaval International de Victoria was a huge success, bringing tourists, participants and media from across the globe and putting the world's attention on the beautiful Seychelles Archipelago.

151 foreign journalists were on hand to witness weekends festivities where 26 international delegations joined Seychelles in celebrating this year's Carnaval.

The festivities kicked off on Friday (26.04.14) with the official opening ceremony at the Stad Popiler stadium in the heart of Victoria, Seychelles' quaint capital 'city.'

Featuring soul-stirring chants of the Sami, a tribe from the Arctic Circle, the ebullient Cajun rhythms of Lisa Haley and the Zydecats and the more orthodox sounds of performers like Reunion Island’s Benjam and Seychelles’ very own John Vital, among others, the ceremony was a celebration of global unity adorned with all the jubilation of the cultures represented.

(See more from Friday's opening ceremony here )

Saturday featured the Carnaval parade, where foreign delegations and local participants made their way through Victoria as thousands of onlookers - locals and tourists - lined the streets to oggle the array of floats and the menagerie of performers. From South Africa to Bhutan and fire breathers to bike stuntman, the parade was jam-packed with eye-candy and astounding antics. 
(See more from Saturday's parade here )

On Sunday - traditionally cast as a "family funday" - as things began to wind down, the celebration reached its final crescendo with the advent of the first ever Kiddies Carnaval. The event saw 13 local schools partaking in a grand spectacle that impressed visitors to Victoria's Freedom Square. The children aged between 5 and 12 years old impressed the crowds with floats and performances filled with Carnaval spirit!

( See more from Sunday's event here )

Next year’s carnival will be held on the 24, 25 and 26 April. Contact your Mason's Travel representatives to start planning  your Carnaval International de Victoria 2015 experience!   |

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All photographs used in this article were courtesy of Today in Seychelles, the country's leading independent newspaper.