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Seychellois children hit by carnival fever as the islands’ first Kiddies’ Carnival is seen as a carnival school in its own right

Seychellois children hit by carnival fever as the islands’ first Kiddies’ Carnival is seen as a carnival school in its own right ( It is now part of the historical notes that the Bel Eau Primary School, with its theme of “Stationary and Kindergarten,” were the winners of the inaugural Kiddies Carnival held at Freedom Square on the traditional Family Fun Day, the Sunday morning of the 2014 Carnaval International de Victoria.

The cute little kids were dressed as pens, pencils, and other equally-important stationary they use daily at school. And to reward their effort, they walked away with the R 3,000 and a trophy.

To note this is the first time the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB), together with the help of Lima Calbio and Michel Benoit, have joined forces to organize a segment in the Carnaval International de Victoria celebrations targeting children specifically. “If you introduce the carnival spirit to your children, your carnival will go on forever,” said Lima Calbio, a popular soca singer from Trinidad and Tobago.

Held at the Freedom Square in Victoria, the Kiddies Carnival was a welcome addition to the Family Fun Day – which traditionally takes place on the third day of the Carnaval International de Victoria. To note, the launch of the Kiddies Carnival had sparked an immense interest in school children aged 5 to 12, who worked with their teachers to come up with the most original costumes and themes. Keeping in line with the country`s policy of safeguarding the environment that has attracted record-breaking numbers of visitors to its shores, the schools taking part in the Kiddies Carnival used recycled materials to create their costumes. It must be said that the end results were breathtakingly colorful.

While Bel Eau primary school`s theme and costumes earned the school the highest points from the judges, Anse Aux Pins School came out second, and the Plaisance School third. There were 3 special prizes won by Anse Aux Pins School (spirit of carnival), Mont Fleuri School (creativity), and Independent School (greatest number of participants).

Others also taking part in the inaugural Kiddies Carnival included Vijay International Praslin School, Montessori Pre-Schools of Bel Air, Beau Vallon primary School, Takamaka primary School, Mont Fleuri primary School, Cascade primary School, Mont Buxton district Neighborhood Recreational Activity club, Independent School, Au Cap primary School, Bel Eau primary School, Plaisance primary School, International School Seychelles, and Baie Lazare primary School.

As part of the judging process, the floats paraded and gave a dance performance on stage in front of the panel of judges who included British High Commissioner Lindsay Skoll and Designated Minister Vincent Meriton. They then went onto the field to be closer to members of the general public who could take pictures and even capture the scenes on video, generally joining in the fun spirit of carnival.

So as not to feel left out of the celebrations, children who happened to be present at Freedom Square on Sunday were also treated to turns on the bouncing castle set up close to the stage. Many present at the Kiddies Carnival were clearly entertained by live music as they waited for the official closing ceremony, as well as the show of the youngsters strutting their carnival stuff.

The international press have described this event as a carnival school in its own right. Press reports have commended Seychelles for the initiative and said that this remains the best way for the Indian Ocean Islands to continue to develop their own brand and style in the world of carnivals.


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