Carnival is a medium to promote our cultural heritage: Tourism Minister

Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Wednesday released the official theme song ‘Carnival Sobovya’ for the annual four-day Carnival float parade to be held in Goa from March 2 to 5, 2019. The theme song is composed, mixed and mastered by Mukesh Ghatwal, who has also sung the song with Queeni Fernandes. The lyrics of the song are written by Ghatwal and Roque Lazarus.

The main float parade of the festival will be held in the capital city of Panaji on March 2 followed by parades in other towns across the state. The float parade will be held in Margao on March 3, Vasco, Ponda and Curchorem on March 4, while in Mapusa, Morjim, and Shiroda, the float parades will be held on March 5.

“We are promoting Carnival worldwide with fun and fervor; tourists should come to Goa to witness our unique culture. They are invited…Khao piyo aur majja karo (eat drink and be merry),” said Tourism Minister while addressing a press conference in Panaji. Ajgaonkar appealed to Carnival revelers to stay away from drugs and instead enjoy ‘cashew feni’ claiming that it has medicinal importance.

He informed that well-known entertainment icon and ace dance performer, William Anes has been selected as King Momo to lead the float parades across the towns in the state.

He informed that the department has prepared a budget of around Rs 3 crore for the festival which also includes provision for prize money and for decoration and illumination of streets through which the Carnival parades will pass. Adequate security arrangements have been made for tourists arriving in the state for the Carnival festival, added Ajgaonkar.