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The world's Carnival of Carnivals staged annually in Seychelles continues to woo the press right accross the world

The world's Carnival of Carnivals staged annually in Seychelles continues to woo the press right accross the world ( New international events are hard to come by these days. This was so until the Seychelles, situated right in the middle of the Indian Ocean, decided that they would stage a carnival and invite the best carnivals of the world to parade alongside cultural groups from the Community of Nations. It was seen as an impossible feat when the idea was first floated and launched in 2010, but the Seychelles Tourism Board, under the leadership of Alain St.Ange, its dynamic Chief Executive Officer, proved to everyone that one of the smallest nations of the world, with a population of only 86,000 could stage such an event that brings the people of the world together beyond political differences, beyond race differences, and beyond religious differences.

Articles and reports on this unique carnival continue to appear right around the world. George Michel, a photo journalist from Mauritius has now brought out his own pages dedicated to the Seychelles carnival of carnivals under the heading “A First Carnaval International in the World."

The last Seychelles “Carnaval International de Victoria" held in early March was a success beyond any doubt. The USA through Hawaii was present, as were delegations from China and South Africa; Russian sailors paraded alongside the Seychelles Coast Guards and the Indian and French navies; the very large cultural delegation with their very own beauty queen from Zimbabwe paraded alongside the British Notting Hill Carnival delegation; La Reunion's cultural delegation headed by Miss La Reunion, their reigning beauty queen herself paraded dancing their Sega alongside Trinidad&Tobago's Soca Queen, Lima Calbio, and a delegation from those islands; Zanzibar Tanzania's cultural group walked after the Brazilain Beauties and were followed by an Indian Temple with their impressive cultural group with their heavy drums. An Indonesian boat followed by a lively cultural delegation brought Asian culture to the world press present. The French followed behind the Madagascar group with Koreans and Italians in tow. What a party of cultures in an event called the melting pot of cultures.

All these foreign delegations were seperated by Seychelles groups, all dressed in their carnival best, all parading down the tight streets of Victoria, the capital city of the Seychelles lined to capacity by happy and satisfied onlookers, all amazed by the diversity of cultures parading together. The delegations from international bodies wanting to be seen as being a “grouping of people and nations," such as the European Union, La Francophonie, and the UN's Food&Agricultural Organization headed by Dionne Warwick, their Goodwill Ambassador and world famous music legend from the USA were also in Seychelles to make themselves more known and at least seen.

The Seychelles President Mr. James Michel personally opened the 2011 Seychelles “Carnaval International de Victoria." Journalists present all said that it was an emotional President Michel who said thank you to Alain St.Ange, his Tourism Board Chief Executive Officer, for having launched this new and unique international event in Seychelles. The Head of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Alain St.Ange, on his part said that the world needed an event where the Community of Nations could be themselves away from political pressures that is today dominating lives. In front of the Seychelles President James Michel, founding President James Mancham, Vice President Danny Faure, Vice Presidents from Zanzibar Tanzania, and Zimbabwe and Vice Prime Minister of Mauritius, mayors and ministers from many participating countries and in front of virtually the whole Seychelles population, Alain St.Ange said that this carnival is for the world and that Seychelles was only the host country.

Music from the world and food from everywhere all resounded together in a perfect blend all mixed together in the melting pot of cultures put forward by Seychelles to the world and for the world. The next edition is set for March 2-4, 2012.

Some 48 journalists from the four corners of the world had traveled to the Seychelles for the 2011 Seychelles “Carnaval International de Victoria." George Michel from neighboring Mauritius was also present and he finished his article by writing: “This first Carnaval International de Victoris was a trial run for the organizing body, but everyone who was present were unanimous that the work done by Alain St.Ange and his close assistant Marymonde Matatiken to bring such an event to the Indian Ocean needed to be recognized. The journalists present, as well as tourists and representatives from foreign hotel chains, have already announced their intention to be present for the 2012 edition of the Seychelles carnival of carnivals."

MEDIA CONTACT: Alain St. Ange, CEO, Seychelles Tourism Board, Email:

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