The 4th edition of the Carnaval International de Victoria this year runs from April 25 to 27, 2014 and has become a showcase for each participating country. This annual event aims to enable participating countries to showcase their culture through their people, their traditions, and especially to the international press invited for the occasion. The carnival festivities go on for three days, during which time these international destinations will take part in a procession of floats with carnival delegations bedecked in colorful costumes.
Recognized by international news agencies as the “carnival of carnivals,” this annual gathering of carnivals from around the world takes place on the island of Mahe in the Seychelles capital of Victoria, where 84-151 journalists from around the globe are expected to gather. The carnival has been listed on the calendar of events for the Vanilla Islands (Reunion Island, Seychelles , Mauritius, Madagascar, Mayotte, Comoros, and Maldives).
During the three fun-filled days, the “carnival of carnivals” will be covered by international media from Canada, the USA, the UK, Italy, France, Belgium, Ireland, Russia, Sweden, Poland, Finland, Denmark, The Netherlands, the Czech Republic, India, South Africa, Australia, South Korea, Japan, China, Australia, Mauritius, Dubai, and Reunion Island.
The Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange, urged countries worldwide to participate in the Carnaval International de Victoria – an invitation for which the answer was not long in coming as carnival delegations signed up right away from the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Italy, Indonesia, Trinidad and Tobago, the USA, Bhutan, South Africa, Bangladesh, Sweden, India, and Reunion Island. From Friday, April 25, 2014, guests will become the protagonists of this annual event and witness the unfolding of this “carnival of carnivals” before their very eyes, along with their hosts and the group of international journalists.
With the official opening of the carnival upon us, the date has already been set for the fifth edition of this major annual Vanilla Islands events, which will be held from April 24 to 26, 2015. If you can’t make it this year, mark your calendars and make your plans for next year!
Day 1 – Official Opening
The official opening of the carnival will be held once again in Victoria, the afternoon of the first day of the event in the presence of invited international and local brands, and also Seychellois sector tourism and various representatives of local businesses. Live concerts and various events will set the tone of the carnival, and the restoration will not be forgotten, with a variety of stalls offering typical dishes of many countries. Colorful twinkling lights will complete this picturesque setting, making Victoria the perfect stage to host the carnival throughout the 3 days of exuberance.
Day 2 – Carnival Parade
The colors and the reputation of the true meaning of a “melting pot of cultures” of the Seychelles archipelago will be honored at the spectacular parade of carnival floats through the streets of the capital. As was the case in the first edition, the floats of many participating countries are expected to join those of local communities to form a colorful procession through Victoria. An impressive crowd of people, tourists, and crews of ships calling at the port of Seychelles should also add to the success of a show designed to surpass that of the first edition in terms of quality shows and entertainment.
Day 3 – Family Day Celebration
The third and final day of the carnival will be an ideal recreational day for families, in an explosion of color, shows, and music that will last all day and continue into the night and include a Kiddies’ Carnival! Hoteliers and local caterers will offer their specialties to the public at various stands, while orchestras in the region and further afield will follow one another to ensure a festive atmosphere throughout the day and night of family entertainment. This is an opportunity for the public to have an unforgettable time with participants from different carnival groups and fully enjoy the carnival atmosphere.