Brazil signs up for Seychelles carnival of carnivals

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Rosas de Ouro, or the Golden Rose Samba School, will be traveling to Seychelles in February 2013 to take part in the island’s annual Carnaval International de Victoria.

Rosas de Ouro, or the Golden Rose Samba School, will be traveling to Seychelles in February 2013 to take part in the island’s annual Carnaval International de Victoria. This Samba School was founded since 1971 and is today one of the largest and well-structured samba schools of Sao Paulo in Brazil.

At a meeting, which was followed by a press conference, Minister Alain St.Ange from the Seychelles and Mr. David Germain, the Seychelles Tourism Board Director for Africa and the Americas, came to an agreement with Daniel Okamoto, the Executive Director responsible for the Samba School, to take a group of 20 dancers and drummers to the Seychelles for the 2013 carnival in the Indian Ocean.

The Brazil Samba Group will be made up of mostly drummers and dancers, and some of the dancing girls and drummers were present when the Seychelles and Brazil delegations agreed that Brazil would be represented by the Rosas de Ouro at the 2013 carnival.

“It will be great to have a group of twenty performers directly from Brazil for the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Carnival that is staged annually in Seychelles. We are thankful that Brazil’s Rosas de Ouro, or the Golden Rose Samba School, has accepted to be part of the ‘Carnival of Carnivals’ that is held in Seychelles. We have today seen the Samba School performers, and we are sure that they will be well received in the carnival on the equator staged in Seychelles,” Minister Alain St.Ange of the Seychelles said.

On his part, Daniel Okamoto said that the Rosas de Ouro will be coming with a decorated carnival float as they are used to in Brazil. “We will travel to Seychelles and bring a taste of Brazil’s known carnival to the Seychelles, and we intend to do Brazil proud with our participation,” Mr. Okamoto said.

The rise of the Golden Rose Samba School was impressive. Paraded for the first time in 1973 and the following year, the school won the competition and went up to the main samba group. In their first appearance among the major samba schools, Rosas de Ouro took the runner-up title. In 1983 came the greatest joy for the components of “Rosewell,” the affectionate nickname of the school, in the form of the championship with the plot, Nostalgia.

The Golden Rose Society is a favorite of city schools and attended by a variety of people: families, youth, students, children, and foreigners. In more than 30 years in the Special Group parade, they hardly fell below sixth place. Without losing the essence of the samba school, the Rosas de Ouro professionalized its segment and has offered to large companies, festivals, and events, the show, Rosas de Ouro, presented throughout the country and other countries.

In 2010, Rosas de Ouro again took first place in the Special Carnaval Group with the plot, Cacau is Show! The Rosas de Ouro has continued to attract massive numbers of spontaneous media coverage everywhere they go. Rosas de Ouro’s web site is: .

The Carnaval International de Victoria remains the only carnival that is today known as the “Carnival of Carnivals,” because all the best and the most known carnivals of the world parade side by side and are followed by cultural groups from the Community of Nations. “The carnival in Seychelles co-hosted this year with La Reunion island has been listed amongst the best and most colorful carnivals in the world, and this recommendation we intend to keep, because year after year the carnival in Seychelles will not only get bigger but also better,” Minister Alain St.Ange said.

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