Third Carnaval International de Victoria- Notting Hill, Jj Spirit, STA float winners


On Sunday at the Freedom Square, Notting Hill was crowned international category winner of the Carnaval International de Victoria for a third year in a row as Tourism and Culture Minister Alain St Ange revealed the dates for the fourth carnival.

Next year’s fourth Carnaval International de Victoria is slated for April 25-27 and Minister St Ange made this announcement during Sunday afternoon’s official closing ceremony of the third carnival which Seychelles hosted last weekend (February 8-10).

The Notting Hill carnival road show company went home with the Tom Bowers gold sculpted Carnaval International de Victoria trophy, while runner-up Mauritius and third place finisher Brazil took the silver and bronze trophies.

Runner-up in 2012, Jj Spirit Foundation climbed onto the highest step of the podium this time to dethrone two-time local category winner Mason’s Travel to win R35,000 which it has donated to the National Disaster Relief Fund.

The Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) float finished second to pocket R25,000 and Mason’s Travel was third and received R15,000.

In the school category, Seychelles Tourism Academy has succeeded La Rosière as the winner to go home with R25,000 while University of Seychelles finished second to receive R15,000.

Seychelles Tourism Academy was the school category winner of the first carnival in 2011.

A special prize of R10,000 was given to the float comprising young Seychellois who are to represent Seychelles at the International Children’s Festival which will be held in Seattle, USA in April.

A total of 44 teams of brightly costumed dancers paraded along the streets of Victoria for almost three hours during Saturday’s float parade of the third Carnaval International de Victoria. Of the floats, 22 came from overseas while the rest were local.

The exotic dancers, vibrant music and the smell of food livened up Victoria as the crowds who had descended on the capital city cheered on when the floats made their way through the streets of Victoria, showcasing an array of themes with music blaring from their respective sound systems.
Among the criteria for judging the floats were:

. First impressions: The overall effect and impact on the spectator is a prime consideration,
. Decoration & aesthetic value: Sense of colours used,

. Flow & spirit: Choreography & animation,

. Originality of idea: How the theme is depicted and the ability of the figures to maintain their poses,
. Use of material with artistic creativity

. Costumes and make up: the characters depicted on the float are only brought to life and make the cart theme complete by quality, detail and accuracy of the costumes, and the authenticity of the make-up,

. Harmony:  It is judged by the musical, acoustical and visual harmony of the school's parade. To score high in this category, the music, rhythm and singing should meld seamlessly with the choreography and dance of the school members.

The procession started on Bois de Rose avenue just after 3pm and headed into the town centre – performing along the way for the thousands who had lined the streets to have an up-close look at the performers.

The float teams then paused at the VIP area in front of the National Cultural Centre to perform for President James Michel and the other dignitaries who had come to Seychelles for the carnival.

Published here are pictures of the winning teams taken by our photographers Patrick Joubert and Louis Toussaint.

Meanwhile, Perrin Onezime is the winner of the star prize – a Hyundai i10 car – of the Carnaval International de Victoria lottery.

International category winner Notting Hill

Jj Spirit, local category winner

STA, school category winner