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Seychelles Carnival pleases the over 1.2million lining the streets to watch the Dusseldorf Carnival

March 5, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Seychelles-TravelSeventeen representatives from the Seychelles marched alongside hundreds of joyous German revellers in this year’s Rose Monday Carnival Parade in the city of Düsseldorf, watched by over 1.2million hundreds along the route and millions at home in nationwide live telecasts.

The Seychelles Carnival Delegation parading in the Dusseldorf Carnival parade

The Seychelles Carnival Delegation parading in the Dusseldorf Carnival parade

While Germany is celebrating the warming days of a relatively mild winter at temperatures around 5-10 °C, the colourful carnival cultural troupe from the Seychelles islands — from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Air Seychelles, the Civil Aviation Administration, and the Jj Spirit Foundation — made onlookers dream of the tropics.

Kareen Bistoquet, Lindy Barbe, Mari-Ella De Sylva, Franky Sultan from the SCAA (Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority), Diane Dodin, Ronny Marengo, Genevieve Rene, Alexander Rene from Jj Spirit Foundation, Williana Volcere, Brigitte Esparon, Anga Joseph James Dorby from Air Seychelles and Allen Ernesta a visual arts artist all paraded as the Seychelles Delegation just behind the Dusseldorf Carnival Official Prince and Princess Float to fly the Seychelles Flag in this highly publicised cultural event. They did their very own dance routine the colourful costumes from the Seychelles depicting birds and flowers attracted the audience used to the traditional Dusseldorf Carnival Floats.

The Seychelles Carnival Delegation are in Germany at the invitation of Dr. Herpens, the President of the Dusseldorf Carnival.

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture personally stopped for a day in Dusseldorf on his way to the ITB Tourism Trade Fair in Berlin to be with the Seychelles Delegation who were for the first time making the name Seychelles more visible than it already is in Germany through the use of culture and the people of Seychelles. Minister St.Ange had personally intervened through his relationship with Dr. Herpens and the Dusseldorf Carnival to secure the invitation for Seychelles to be in the Dusseldorf Carnival Parade Lineup.

Minister St.Ange was joined at the VIP Stand to watch the carnival parade by Rose Marie Hoareau, the Director of Marketing for the Seychelles Tourism Board, Edith Hunzinger, the Frankfurt based Manager for the Seychelles Tourism Board and Max Hunzinger, the Seychelles Honorary Consul in Frankfurt Germany.

“The Seychelles Carnival Delegation did us proud today. They we all smiling and were happy to be helping make their country more visible, and in so doing remaining relevant in the world of tourism. Seychelles took the step a few years ago to include culture and the People of Seychelles in its marketing campaigns and this first outing by a Seychelles Carnival Delegation is the result of this new approach which also saw our islands enter the world of events” the Minister said.

“We could not have asked for more. A proud group of Seychellois promoting our islands with their heart. They spoke to hundreds and were photographed by hundreds of thousands. They were beamed to every household of Germany, the country that remains one of our biggest source market for the Seychelles Tourism Industry” Minister St.Ange.

Rose Marie Hoareau, the Director of Marketing at the Seychelles Tourism Board and Edith Hunzinger from the Board’s Frankfurt Office both shared the feeling of Minister St.Ange.

As a return gesture 36 members of Düsseldorf’s carnival organisations will see their dream come true in late April. While the German carnival time officially ends on Ash Wednesday (5 March), the lucky ones chosen to represent Germany at this year’s Carnaval International de Victoria will have an extended season. Led by “Prince Simon I” and “Princess Rebecca Venetia”, the group will fly on tickets sponsored by Etihad Airways and Air Seychelles from their beautiful city in the picturesque Rhine Valley to Mahé to join the 2014 edition of the carnival in the tropics. The delegation will include musicians from the “Swinging Funfares” group and dancers from the “Carnival Friends of the Catholic Youth”

Two years ago, a similar group from Düsseldorf had joined the Seychelles carnival, whereas in 2011 and 2013, local dates co-incided with their very own carnival at home and prevented the Germans from attending.

Carnival — or Karneval, as it is spelled in German — has a tradition in Düsseldorf that dates back at least 650 years. Several carnival organizations join forces every year to assemble a Rose Monday Parade five kilometers long that includes about 60 themed floats and hundreds of revellers on foot, including marching bands. The main goal is to spread fun, mock the authorities, and satirize current events. Many of the parades are televised live on local channels, and the three largest ones — including Düsseldorf’s — are also covered on national TV, where they attract millions of viewers every year.

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