Spaanse carnavaldeelnemers tijdens de parade.
Spanish participants in the parade. Corno van den Berg

It’s the carnival or carnivals. That’s how the Seychelles, an archipelago with hundreds of islands, like to promote it. It’s where the different kinds of carnivals unite and combine, to showcase their respective cultures. All countries are invited to join in.

Carnaval op het strand op de Seychellen.

The party even reaches the beaches. Corno van den Berg

It’s not quite world famous yet, and it takes place in the tiny capital of Victoria, which bursts at the seams when it’s on. The people of the Seychelles are partying, and they’re keen to share the joy.

Ook kinderen doen mee aan het carnaval.
Of course the kids join in the carnival festivities. Corno van den Berg

It’s a three-day tropical dance party, and it’s a unions of different kinds of carnival from around the world. There are the scantily clad dancers from Brazil, famous artisans from Notting Hill, and of course plenty of musicians of the people of the islands in the Indian Ocean. But also countries that you wouldn’t know celebrate carnival, such as Sweden. And even Zimbabwe.

When?

The annual party is usually celebrated in April.