CURCHOREM/PONDA/VASCO: Hundreds of revellers thronged the port town for the Carnival float parade on Monday. The parade saw about 41 floats in six different categories which included family (10), sponsored (2), club/institution (5), clown/joker (15), fun/junk (3) and traditional (6). The float parade culminated opposite the Subrai Joshi Chawk after wending its way through the Swatantra Path.
Majority of the floats showcased Goan tradition and culture. A message on protecting nature and environment was also passed.
Earlier, the float parade was flagged off from near the St Andrew’s Church Square at the hands of Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar and Urban Development Minister Milind Naik in the presence of Mormugao Municipal Council chairperson Kritesh Gaonkar, Vasco Carnival Committee chairman Leo Rodrigues and other executive committee members of VCC.
Meanwhile, Cansaulim Villagers Action Committee also organised Carnival float parade at TB Cunha Sports Complex at Cansaulim on Monday. In his message, King Momo of Cansaulim Olencio Simoes urged the people to stand against every social, cultural and environmental evil in the village and the state of Goa at large.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people from Curchorem, Sanvordem and other areas also witnessed float parade in Curchorem on Monday. The parade was organised by Centro Social Anjo Custodio Club of Curchorem in association with Curchorem-Cacora Municipal Council (CCMC).
The parade was flagged off by Curchorem MLA and Power Minister Nilesh Cabral in the presence of CCMC chairperson Felix Fernandes, councillors, office bearers of the club, chief guest Kapish Kakodkar, who is a chartered accountant and others.
The parade proceeded via Ambedkar circle to KTC bus stand where the floats were adjudged near the bus stand. Savio Pereira was the King Momo. Traditional floats, junk cars, family floats, clowns participated in the parade.
Meanwhile, Ponda Carnival was celebrated with music, dances and floats on Monday evening.
Ponda MLA Ravi Naik and BJP state president Vinay Tendulkar alongwith PMC councillors and others flagged off the float parade.
The town wore a colourful look with revellers hailing King Momo, the mythical king of carnival, with chants of ‘Viva Carnival’. Youth performed dances on western beats and also on Konkani tracks.
Altogether 26 groups and 19 fancy dress participants took part in the Ponda parade which commenced in front of Menino Hotel and culminated at Aguiar ground.
Floats depicting traditional activities, culture and environment participated in the Carnival. Floats on themes such as ‘Formalin in fish’, ‘Cock’s marriage’, dinosaurs and traditional business related to coconut were the main attraction of the parade.
The Ponda parade commenced at around 4.30 pm and culminated at around 7 pm, which was followed by a musical programme.