Immediately after attending the official opening ceremony of the 2014 edition of the Carnaval International de Victoria, guests had more thrills awaiting them at the Masquerade Ball held at Eden Plaza.
Held in collaboration with the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB), the event was the brainchild of Organizers Seychelles, an events and public relations company based in Seychelles.
Over 250 revelers joined the party at Eden Plaza dressed in colorful costumes swaying to beats from the many delegations taking part in the 2014 edition of the Carnaval International de Victoria.
With Samba music blaring, local jazz group Collective Soul also belting out its more upbeat renditions, and drinks flowing abundantly, the first Masquerade Ball held for the Carnaval International de Victoria was certainly a merry event.
For those willing to add a few dance moves to their repertoires, there were also dance performances by various delegations who were to take part in the following day’s carnival parade. These included the Notting Hill of the UK, Mozambique, Brazil, Kenya, and KwaZulu Natal of South Africa.
However, the evening would not have been complete without a costume contest.
Dancing away to Collective Soul, those daring enough to don a fancy dress, were judged by a panel of anonymous judges.
In first place was Seychellois Mary Carbognin in her gold outfit, followed in second place by a “pirate” from California, and in third place by Maya from the Ukraine dressed up as the “snake lady.” A young girl, Victoria, dressed as a mermaid, won a special prize from Organiser Seychelles.
Meanwhile, the head of Organisers Seychelles, Neddy Nourice, described the event as a success as a large crowd turned up for the first edition of the event.
With the right mix of music, dance performances, and a large spoonful of Seychellois joie de vivre, the first Masquerade Carnival Ball, was indeed an event highlighting the concept of Seychelles as a melting pot of cultures.
It was Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, who had the privilege to address the gathered revelers. The Minister spoke after Neddy Nourice and the CEO of the Tourism Board had welcomed everyone to the Masquerade Ball. Minister St.Ange congratulated Organisers Seychelles for taking the initiative for organizing the Masquerade Ball. “The Ministry of Tourism and Culture and the Tourism Board stages such events as the Carnaval International de Victoria for the local business community to become innovative and develop side opportunities for their very own benefit,” the Minister said.
سيشيل عضو مؤسس في التحالف الدولي لشركاء السياحة (ICTP) .