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China steals first prize at the Seychelles Carnival for best international float delegation from Notting Hill Road Show Company of the UK.

May 6, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Seychelles-TravelFor the first time since its introduction in 2011, The Notting Hill Road Show Company have not won the Seychelles Carnival’s Best International Float delegation.

This year, the accolade went to the Hai Cheng Stilt dancers from China.

carnival 2014 international delegation winnersThe performers dazzled members of the public with an array of acrobatic moves on ‘stilts’, their colourful and intricate costumes.

They blended their performances which included traditional opera, acrobatics, dance and music.

Although 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.

Hai Cheng Stilt dancers from the authentic folklore Liao Nan province said the first prize symbolises 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 in Seychelles, said 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.

Notting Hill Road Show Company, unbeatable for the past three editions took the second position and Brazil‘s School O Samba was third. Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture and the Seychelles Tourism Board has congratulated China for pulling the first prize, Notting Hill Carnival of the UK for the second place and Brazil’s Carnival for winning the 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 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 Mayotte Tourism Offices and well as by Pascal Viroleau, the CEO of the Vanilla Islands.

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