A carnival especially for children in Goa!

An inclusive children’s carnival will be held at St. John the Baptist Church courtyard, Pilerne, today, February 16 at 5 p.m. at the Pilerne Thursday Heritage Market. This year, the Fernandes family from Pilerne have been chosen as the royal family, who symbolically will be ruling the state for five days and lead the children’s carnival. Organised by Pilerne Arts Socio-Cultural Association, this first-ever children’s carnival will be curated by Festakar Marius Fernandes and Dr. Gwendolyn De Ornelas.

“The aim is to encourage the children, parents, and others to promote the state’s culture and tradition in the carnival and to minimise commercialism. This carnival will demonstrate how festivals in Goa can be promoted without sponsors, alcohol, floats, etc,” says Marius.

The parish priest of St. John the Baptist Church, Pilerne Fr. Derrick Fernandes says, “I’m very happy and proud to be part of Goa’s first-ever children’s carnival. They are the future of our state and country and we are investing in them.” He added that in the run-up to the festival, a three-day mask-making and dance workshop was organised with the support of volunteers from the village. “We appeal to every parent to bring their children dressed in colourful clothing and bring along musical instruments for the carnival,” says Ornelas.

(The carnival will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Entry is free)