The 2014 edition of the annual Seychelles Carnaval International de Victoria is all set for its official opening on Friday the 25 April.
This year the carnival is being jointly co-hosted by Seychelles, La Reunion, Madagascar, Mayotte and South Africa KwaZulu Natal.
The big carnival parade will this year take place on Saturday the 26 April and some 26 International Delegations coming from all over the world will parade alongside some 24 local Seychelles floats.
The Sunday of the carnival weekend in Seychelles has always been dedicated as a family fun day with a big musical show that closes the carnival. But this year for the 2014 edition of the Carnaval International de Victoria some thirteen primary schools are in competition for the first edition of the kiddies’ carnival.
The launching of the Kiddies’ carnival has sparked an immense interest in school children aged 5 to 12. Together with their teachers, the kids have embarked on a ground breaking work to come up with the most original costumes and themes for the Kiddies Carnival.
Lima Calbio, the organiser of Kiddies’ Carnival has been working closely with the pupils and their teachers to boost up their morals and help them to move ahead with their chosen themes. The Mont Fleuri Primary is one of the schools making a giant leap getting their costumes ready for kiddies’ Carnival. Brainstorming on their costumes theme, the pupils have given life to recyclable materials.
Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, Anne Lafortune, the Principal Secretary for Tourism and Sherin Naiken, the Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Tourism Board were this week at the Mont Fleuri primary school to see the pupils at work.
Accompanying the Minister’s delegation was Lima Calbio, who is in Seychelles to head the Trinidad & Tobago Float in the carnival procession, but who is also dedicating time and energy to assist the school children withtheir float for this very first Kiddie carnival
After speaking to the school children at the Mont Fleuri Primary School Minister St.Ange said that it was encouraging to see how the spirit of carnival is well taking root with our young students.
“You have put so much effort to transform your small ideas into great things. The future of our carnival starts with you. Today we’re instilling Carnival culture in our younger generations, and we are inciting them to use local materials to make costumes. This is work that will help create our own carnival culture. The Kiddies’ Carnival is your carnival, give it your best shot’’ said Minister St.Ange to the Mont Fleuri Primary School students
Minister St Ange has also thanked the teachers of Mont Fleuri Primary School and all the other teachers from all the schools in Mahe, Praslin and La Digue for their support for the Kiddies’ Carnival.
The Kiddies’ Carnival is the main event of the Family Fun Day planned on 27th April in Freedom Square starting at 1pm.
Top Header Photo Caption: Minister St.Ange at the Mont Fleuri Primary School.