Members of the Notting Hill Roadshow carnival from the UK, the Brazil carnival, and the Cologne and Düsseldorf delegations gave the people of Praslin a memorable mid-Sunday morning as they performed and walked about in front of La Pirogue restaurant at Côte D’Or before posing for photos with the large crowd who had gathered to see them.
For the past five years that the Carnaval International de Victoria has been organized in Seychelles, it has always been held in the heart of the capital, Victoria. But this year, for the first time, the people on Praslin and La Digue islands got a taste of this cultural manifestation. In collaboration with its partners, the Seychelles Tourism Board has been able to bring delegates from some of the top carnivals taking part in this year’s Carnaval International de Victoria to Cote D’Or on Praslin for a photo opportunity session with the families of the islands.
Children and adults alike, Praslinois, Diguois, and visitors to the island, all flocked down to the coast of the stunning Côte D’Or Beach to enjoy and mingle with members of these international delegations as a Steel Band Drummer from the Notting Hill Carnival group performed live.
Also present on Praslin were the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange; Minister for Health Mitcy Larue, who also comes from the island of Praslin; Principal Secretary for Tourism Anne Lafortune; Principal Secretary for Culture Benjamine Rose; and the Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Sherin Naiken.
Speaking before the event kicked off, Minister St.Ange said though it has not been easy, they made it happen for the people of Praslin and La Digue, and it is in response to an appeal made by the Praslinois to have a taste of the carnival on their island.
Minister St.Ange thanked members of the delegations for taking part in this event and for dedicating their Sunday morning to travel to another island to bring added cheer to the people of Praslin.
He added that the carnival is for the people of Seychelles and that it is an event that unites not only the community of nations, but also the Seychellois nation. “It was an opportunity for a clean and enjoyable morning for the families gathered,” said Minister St.Ange as he thanked the owners of Cat Cocos and Creole Travel for their support to make that trip by the carnival delegations possible.
Minister St.Ange echoed words of thanks to the owners of La Pirogue restaurant and the Bedier family for coming onboard for this event.
Minister Larue also expressed words of thanks to Minister St.Ange and his team for listening to the people of Praslin and for making it happen.
Those who were present also got the chance to take photos and interact with members of these delegations.
The sixth Carnaval International de Victoria was held from April 22-24, with the official opening ceremony held at Stad Popiler on April 22.
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