In an attempt to restore Carnival festival’s old glory, the City of Corporation of Panaji (CCP) will strictly ensure that every entry chosen, under different categories of floats, for the parade is based on a theme and carries a message.
The corporation also appealed to the participants to make use of recyclable material with minimum use of plastic for making floats.
The Carnival parade will kick off on February 22 at 4 pm along the same old route from Old Secretariat (Adil Shah Palace) to Kala Academy, Campal-Panaji.
Speaking on the preparation for this year’s Carnival parade, CCP Mayor Uday Madkaikar, who is chairing the sub-committee for the Panaji Carnival-2020, on Saturday, said that this year’s Carnival, the floats for the parade will revolve around a theme, reviving the tradition observed during yesteryears.
He said that the CCP will also have its own theme-based float for the first time and will be conceptualised by Francisco Martins, who is known for creating life-size and awe-inspiring models.
“This year, a different theme will characterise the Carnival unlike in the past, so that the parade remains traditional. We will celebrate it as a festival rather than a spectacle.
The screening committee will ensure that every float that will move along the road is based on a theme,” said CCP commissioner Sanjit Rodrigues.
The CCP will charge the participants of the four categories Rs 1,000 as a registration fee while spot entry fee is Rs 5,000 and no entries will be accepted if it doesn’t match with the criteria or carries offensive and vulgar message and depicts religious scene or protest against the government.
Also, display of products larger than the floats will not be allowed under sponsored category.
On the number of entries expected, Rordrigues said, “We are expecting quality floats going with costumes or decorations with a theme. We have focused on quality content and not quantity. We don’t mind receiving few entries.”
“There are four categories which will be awarded prizes at the end of the parade for best theme, best participation, and use of eco-friendly material with less use of plastics for making floats. There are no consolation prizes this time.”
He said that “along with police there would be volunteers manning the barricades to avoid disruption, and efforts will be made to set up water stations to avoid littering of plastic bottles to keep the city clean.”