The Seychelles have reported to the press covering their 2011 carnival that they were overtaken by the success of their innovative “Carnival of Carnivals.” The foreign participation exceeded expectations with delegations flying in from as far away as China, Korea, Indonesia, and Hawaii, to the UK, France, Italy, and Brazil, and from many African delegations including Zimbabwe, Tanzania Zanzibar, and South Africa. The Indian Ocean Islands of La Reunion and Madagascar were also present with floats, which saw La Reunion showcase their new UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The world bodies were also well represented with the European Union using the carnival to show off their member states by flying a flag from each country. The same idea was taken up by La Francophonie and the Southern Africa Tourism Body, RETOSA, and the United nation’s Food & Agricultural Organization (FAO) which had their Goodwill Ambassador Dionne Warwick fly to Seychelles to be their official representative for the carnival.
The 2011 Seychelles “Carnaval International de Victoria” was officially launched last Friday by the island’s President, Mr. James Michel. It is now confirmed that on the second day of the carnival when the float parade took place, Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles, welcomed the largest gathering of spectators ever. “This was a new record of mass participation for Seychelles,” Alain St.Ange said, “The Seychelles Tourism Board is overjoyed about the success of this carnival, and we are already confirming foreign floats for the 2012 edition of our even,t which is set to become the only carnival of carnivals,” St.Ange concluded.