PANAJI: Deputy Chief Minister Manohar ‘Babu’ Ajgaonkar on Tuesday informed that Carnival floats parade will be held at seven locations across the State. He also informed that the floats will be screened by the Carnival committees and only traditional floats would be allowed.
The four-day Carnival festivities in the State will begin from Saturday, February 22 onwards.
Addressing a press conference along with Director of Tourism Menino D'Souza and King Momo Shalom Sardinha, Ajgaonkar said, “The floats should be based on the theme of Goan traditions and culture. The committee will screen the flaots. Commercial floats and floats on issues like CAA will not be allowed. We have shifted back to the traditional routes, especially in Panaji and Margao. We want to showcase the traditions and our culture through Carnival. The State government celebrates the festival to give a boost to tourism. ”
He informed that float parades will be held Panaji, Margao, Quepem, Vasco, Curchorem, Mapusa and Morjim. He also informed that they have sought approval from the State government to hold float parades at Ponda and Shiroda also.
The Tourism Minister also released a Carnival song on the occasion.
The State government is spending Rs 1.47 crore on the festivities which includes the amount for the prizes and setting up he required infrastructure. Additionally, the contract for event management has been given at a cost of Rs 1.52 crore.
In his message, Shalom Sardinha said, “Live life king size. Be a part of the enjoyment, be a part of the revelries, come join with us. Help promote tourism, provide it. Our enjoyment should not be the cause of somebody else’s pain.”
He also informed that he will be open to taking photographs with the people prior and post the float parade.