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Goa tourism announces 5-day carnival

Posted on Jan 27, 01:46PM | UNI

The Goa Minister for Tourism Dilip Parulekar has announced that this year's Goa Carnival, a much-awaited event that draws tourists from all over India and abroad, will kick start on February 8 and conclude on February 12, Talking to reporters here last night, Parulekar said the grand festival will be on an even bigger scale and more colourful. He said 'The Goa Carnival is one of our biggest events of the year. I hope that this event becomes the second-most popular event of the world after the Brazilian Carnival. We have added more attractions this year including the food festival where we have involved 15 other states as well. We urge everyone to join us in the festivities".

He said the other highlights of the event will include a vintage car rally, Serenade parade, Harley Davidson Bike rally and King Momo's lead float.

The event will also see a bevy of Bollywood personalities like Neha Dhupia, Isha Koppikar and Tanushree Dutta.

Nikhil Desai, MD of GTDC, and Director of Tourism, Government of Goa, said "We have taken measures to ensure 100 per cent safety for everyone and have increased the deployment of police force at tourist spots. We are also in the process of increasing room inventory for tourists".

He said the tourism board is keen on promoting Goa not only as an important cultural destination but also for its festivals, heritage and adventure. The Opening Ceremony will kick off at DB Marg, Panaji on February 9.

This year's Carnival will revive the yesteryears' fervour with larger-than-life decor, mask installations and a Food and

Cultural Festival, the biggest of its kind in Goa. Goa Tourism has left no stone unturned to take the 2013 Carnaval experience to a heightened level of excitement and entertainment. The festival, as usual, will feature float parades in four cities i.e. Panaji, Margao, Vasco and Mapusa. Apart from the float parade, this year's event will also include a Food and Cultural Festival for the first time where visitors will not only get to taste local Goan Cuisine but also cuisines of 15 other states of India.

It will offer visitors the opportunity to experience cuisine and culture through a unique blend of food, fun, local and national live music performances, fashion shows, and entertainment.

The Carnival will also comprise live musical performances featuring local bands at Colva and Mapusa.