Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Tuesday released the official theme song for the annual four-day Carnival float parade to be held in Goa from February 22 to February 25, 2020.
The theme song ‘Carnaval Fuloum-ia’ is composed, mixed and arranged by Boney Alex, who has sung it with Shalisha Fernandes and Adelio Mendes.
The lyrics have been written by Francisco Dias and Russel Joe Baretto.
The main float parade of the festival will be held in the capital city of Panaji on February 22 followed by other cities across the state. The float parades will be held in Margao and Quepem on February 23, Vasco and Curchorem on February 24 and Mapusa and Morjim on February 25.
“We are promoting Carnival worldwide with fun and fervour; tourists should come to Goa to witness our unique culture. ‘Khao piyo aur majja karo’ (eat, drink, and be merry),” Ajgaonkar said addressing a press conference in Panaji. Referring to the nationwide protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the minister warned that any float having messages on CAA, National Population Register and National Register of Citizens would be disqualified.
He also informed that the department has prepared a budget of around `3 crore for the festival which also includes provision for prize money, and for decoration and illumination of the streets through which the Carnival parades will pass.
He said that adequate security arrangements have been made for tourists arriving in the state for the Carnival festival.
Shalom Sardinha, who has been selected as King Momo to lead the float parades across the towns in the state while interacting with media persons expressed disapprobation over the government’s decision to levy tax on ‘cashew feni’ which is the ‘traditional drink’ of Goa. “The Budget announcement about tax on feni will result in prices going up. It will affect the tourism industry in a big way,” he said.