Panjim – The colorful and lively celebration of Carnaval 2024 flags in Panjim with 63 Floats parading in, with great enthusiasm and fervor, at the hands of Dr. Pramod Sawant, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa & Shri. Rohan A. Khaunte, Hon’ble Minister for Tourism in the presence of MLA of Taleigao Mrs. Jennifer Monserrate, Mayor of Corporation of City of Panaji Shri. Rohit Monserrate, Chief Secretary Dr. Puneet Kumar Goel, IAS, Secretary Tourism Shri Sanjeev Ahuja, IAS, Director Tourism Shri Suneel Anchipaka, IAS and other dignitaries. The event drew crowds of locals and tourists alike, eager to partake in the festivities.
As the iconic figure of King Momo declared the commencement of the festival with his jovial decree to “Eat, Drink & Make Merry but Responsibly,” the streets of Panjim came alive with vibrant floats, music, and dance performances. Thousands gathered to witness the grand parade, which traversed through the heart of the city, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Goa.
*Dr. Pramod Sawant, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa*, commended the energy and dedication of the performers and participants, noting the pride with which Goan culture and heritage were showcased. He expressed confidence in the festivities continuing for the next three days, uniting people in joy and celebration. “This year, the dedication and enthusiasm displayed by the dancers, performers, and participants in the float parade have been truly commendable. From the meticulous attention to detail in every aspect of the parade to the proud showcasing of our rich culture and heritage, it is evident that countless hours of effort have gone into making this celebration a resounding success. With the collective energy and spirit of hundreds gathered here today, I am confident that we will sustain this vibrant atmosphere of joy and enjoyment throughout the remaining three days of festivities.”
*Shri. Rohan A. Khaunte, Hon’ble Minister for Tourism* expressed his excitement for Carnaval, highlighting the event’s significance. He emphasized the importance of responsible enjoyment, echoing King Momo’s decree. “Carnaval has long been eagerly anticipated, celebrated for its grand parade, captivating performances. Once again, the float parades dazzle with vibrant colors, symbolizing not only the festivities of the present but also heralding Goa’s promising future under the innovative approach of Regenerative Tourism championed by Goa Tourism. As King Momo decrees, let us revel responsibly, embodying the spirit of enjoyment while preserving the essence of our beloved Goa.”
This year’s Carnaval theme focused on honoring Goan traditions and heritage, aligning with Goa Tourism’s Regenerative Tourism approach. One standout float, the Ekadasha Teertha, depicted eleven handpicked temples across Goa, symbolizing the state’s spiritual tourism circuit and cultural richness.
The float parades captivated spectators with their diverse representations, ranging from the wonders of fisheries to cultural and environmental awareness initiatives. As the grand parade continues its journey through Margao, Vasco, Mapusa, and Morjim, anticipation mounts for the joy, unity, and cultural pride that will fill the streets of Goa.