The much-awaited Goa Carnaval & Shigmotsav, the ever-vibrant folk festivals emerging from Konkani and Western-Christian roots growing back centuries, along with the state’s tourism plans were announced by the Ministry of Tourism, Goa, convened under tourism minister Rohan Khaunte. The Goa Carnaval 2023 will be very unique as it will be a blend of sea, air, and ground. This year there will be aerial participation for the very first time, a helicopter will be part of the carnival parade, and there will be floats in the river Mandovi.
Going back to the Konkani roots from where the Intruz started, the Carnaval originates from Mardi Gras, a Christian tradition of indulgent feasts and dancing & drinking bouts before the fasting and abstinence associated with the penitential season of lent. This year, the Carnaval is set to commence from the 18th until the 21st of February, and a curtain raiser on the 17th of February in Porvorim. The flagging off of the float parade will be done on Saturday at Panaji. The traditional route for the Carnaval float procession in the capital city will start at New Patto Bridge and pass in front of the former secretariat. The centres for the carnaval are Porvorim, Panaji, Margao, Vasco, Mapusa and Morjim.
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