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A performing artist from one of the ever-popular Notting Hill carnival groups smiles for the crowd at last year’s Carnaval International de Victoria. Photo credit: Joe Laurence, Seychelles News Agency. 

More parade floats and more international media coverage is what’s said to be in store for the upcoming “Carnaval International de Victoria” – the Seychelles archipelago’s upcoming annual carnival event set to commence on April 24, the Seychelles News Agency – reported.

With just nine days to go for the start of the three-day long costumed and entertainment-filled extravaganza, revellers can look forward to a total of 52 floats to please the crowds as they parade through the streets of the Seychelles capital, Victoria, located on the main island of Mahé.

According to the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB)’s Chief Executive Officer, Sherin Naiken, who was speaking to the local press on Monday afternoon, around a hundred media houses from all over the world will be covering the event while also exploring the country as a travel destination.

Air Seychelles has also confirmed that it will be sponsoring travel costs for carnival participants and international media organisations, including return flights for the event, reduced cargo rates and excess baggage allowances – all in all, a total contribution of around $360,000.

“Twenty-nine countries have confirmed their involvement with twenty having a delegation in the float parade. There are thirty-two local floats which, all together, will create a huge and long carnival this year,” said Naiken.

Carnival club members from Düsseldorf, Germany showed off their moves and their costumes. Photo credit: Joe Laurence, Seychelles News Agency.  

This year the streets of Victoria, always packed on parade day with festive locals and mesmerised visitors to the islands, will be enthralled at the spectacle of creative floats and spangled costumes of Brazil, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Germany, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Zambia, Spain, Italy, Swaziland, Kenya, Sweden, Russia, Bahamas, Morocco, Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritius and Reunion Island.

The legendary Notting Hill Carnival Roadshow group from the United Kingdom has confirmed its participation, sending five distinct groups of performing artists to the Indian Ocean island nation to celebrate what they have termed “the most diverse carnival in the world”.

Brazil has participated in the Carnaval International de Victoria since 2011 and has won the Best International Float prize three times. Photo credit: Joe Laurence, Seychelles News Agency.

China won the Best International Float prize in 2014, unseating their Brazilian rivals. Photo credit: Joe Laurence, Seychelles News Agency.

Colourful Seychellois dancers got Victoria moving to the distinctive island rhythms of the sega beat. Photo credit: Joe Laurence, Seychelles News Agency.

A delegation from the Miss World organisation, including the reigning Miss World, South African Rolene Strauss will be present as well, joined by Miss United States, Miss Tanzania and Miss Australia.

Floats and their colourfully-costumed participants make their way down Francis Rachel Street in central Victoria. Photo credit: Joe Laurence, Seychelles News Agency.

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