'Long live tradition' say Saxtikars at the Carnival float parade in Margao

Goa's culture was clearly the flavour du jour at the Carnival float parade in Margao this year.
'Long live tradition' say Saxtikars at the Carnival float parade in Margao

Handmade terracotta items were on display on a float which highlighted Goa's traditional potters

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Sunday, February 27, 2022, was the second day of the Carnival celebrations in Goa, and the float parade was held in Margao, with tableaux showcasing Goa's rich culture and heritage.

The chief guest for the function was Padma Shri awardee, Brahmanand Shankhwalkar.

Around 70 floats participated at the Margao Carnival parade, which was declared open by King Momo for Carnival 2022, Emeliano P Dias.

Revellers at the parade got to witness Goa's tradition and culture through the floats, dances and the acts, put together by the participants.

Kunbi dancers also danced to the beats of a traditional musical instrument, the 'ghumot'.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Women from the <em>Kunbi </em> dance to traditional music</p></div>

Women from the Kunbi dance to traditional music

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Goa's community of potters were also the highlight of one of the floats, which had several items, such as utensils, vases and other terracotta items made by potters, on display.

Another float exhibited the importance of the wood mason’s community in Goa and how they carried out their traditional occupation. This float showcased how wood was used to build homes and to make a variety of implements.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Women, dressed in <em>Kunbi </em>sarees, carry tools made of wood</p></div>

Women, dressed in Kunbi sarees, carry tools made of wood

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The farmer and his best friend also walked down the parade route. Depicting one of the most important and popular occupations of Goa -- farming. The float highlighted the importance of farmers.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>A float depicting a farmer at work</p></div>

A float depicting a farmer at work

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Social issues such as poaching of frogs, turtles and other animals were also prominently highlighted during the parade. Goencho Ekvott also put up a float that displayed a message 'Stop hill cutting and save Mopa'.

<div class="paragraphs"><p><em>A </em>float highlighting the message&nbsp;<em>'Don't kill frogs and turtles' </em>at the parade</p></div>

A float highlighting the message 'Don't kill frogs and turtles' at the parade

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Floats spreading awareness about various social and environmental issues were also part of the parade.

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