China steals first prize at Seychelles Carnival for best international float
For the first time since its introduction in 2011, The Notting Hill Road Show Company has not won the
Chinese spectacular performances wowed the public (Joe Laurence, Seychelles News Agency)
Seychelles Carnival’s Best International Float delegation.
This year, the accolade went to the Hai Cheng Stilt dancers from China.
The performers dazzled members of the public with an array of acrobatic moves on “stilts” in their colorful and intricate costumes.
They blended their performances which included traditional opera, acrobatics, dance, and music.
Although the Notting Hill Road Show Company, which has won the title for the past three consecutive years, came out this year with all guns blazing, armed with a revamped theme, it didn’t stop China from taking the lead.
The Hai Cheng Stilt dancers from the authentic folklore Liao Nan province said the first prize symbolizes the greatness of Chinese culture.
The group based their participation on a great Chinese proverb “winning first prize is winning for friendship,” the most important is remaining in the lead of the competition.
Jean Luc Lai Lam, Seychelles Tourism Board Manager China, who brought the group to Seychelles, said
The Chinese delegation with their trophy as best International float for 2014 (Joe Laurence, Seychelles News Agency)
the prize will “reinforce Seychelles’ visibility in the Chinese market.”
The 2014 Carnival procession for the international floats category was an intense contest between the twenty delegations from around the world.
The Notting Hill Road Show Company, unbeatable for the past three editions, took the second position, and Brazil‘s School O Samba was third. The Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture and the Seychelles Tourism Board congratulated China for pulling the first prize, Notting Hill Carnival of the UK for taking second place, and Brazil's Carnival for winning third place. Representatives from the Ministry and Tourism Board said that they were so thankful for the big participation of international delegations in the 2014 edition of the Carnaval International de Victoria.
The UK Nottinghill carnival comes at second at 2014 Seychelles' carnival (Joe Laurence, Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: Attribution
The prize-giving ceremony was overseen by Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture; Sherin Naiken, the CEO of the Tourism Board; and Anne Lafortune, the PS for Tourism. The ceremony was witnessed by the Designated Minister, Vincent Meriton; Minister Mitsy Larue; and representatives from La Reunion, Madagascar, and May Aotte Tourism Offices, and well as by Pascal Viroleau, the CEO of the Vanilla Island