Goa is all set for hosting yet another edition of VIVA CARNAVAL 2014…this was announced with much fan fare by none other than The Minister of Tourism, Government of Goa, Shri Dilip Parulekar at Bungalow 9, Bandra. It was a perfect setting for the evening as venue itself enthused the spirit of Goa and all of us had great time there. The event kicked off with an very informative presentation by Mr. Nikhil Desai, MD of GTDC, and Director of Tourism on Goa as well as Carnaval.
This year’s Carnaval is all set to revive the yesteryears’ fervor with larger-than-life décor, mask installations and a Food & Cultural Festival – the biggest of its kind in Goa. Goa Tourism has left no stone unturned to take the 2014 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 & 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.
An element of competition has also been introduced with entries being invited for the King Momo Contest and the cooking competition. This public event recognizes Goa’s diverse population including its vast tourist populace and promotes a message of tolerance, friendship and inclusiveness.
The other highlights of the Carnaval announced by Hon’ble Minister are:
~ Tourism Minister Shri Dilip Parulekar speaks to media in Mumbai to unveil grand plans for this year’s event. Tourism department expecting over 2.5 lakh tourists.
~ The celebrations begin on February 28 with the Food and Culture festival and go on till March 4. Brazilian samba, live performances by Raghu Dixit Project and Strings to light up celebrations
~ Announces other events and festivals lined up in 2014 to promote Goa as the ideal destination for celebrations
~Upcoming movie ‘Youngistaan’ comes on board as movie partner for Goa Carnaval 2014
While addressing the media, The Minister for Tourism, Government of Goa, Shri Dilip Parulekar, said “The festivities will begin on February 28 with the inauguration of the food and culture festival and wind up on March 4. The Minister also added that this year’s event will be one of the most colourful and vibrant editions of the Carnaval. The event is Goa’s tribute to its diverse population and heritage; it aims to spread a message of peace, unity and harmony.”
Minister added, “ The Goa Carnaval is the highlight of our annual calendar and we want to ensure that this will be an unforgettable experience for locals as well as visitors to the state. Our vision is to see that the Carnaval here becomes as popular as the legendary Brazilian Carnival.”
Adding further, Minister informed that Goa Tourism is keen on promoting the state as a place for celebrations. “Goa is a place that induces a contagious celebratory spirit, right from weddings to festivals everything here is celebrated with pomp and fervor. This is why we are also promoting and packaging festivals and events like the Carnaval 2014 followed by Cashew & Coconut Festival, Goa International Travel Mart. Others like Shigmo, Sao Jao, Bonderam and Tirpurari Purnima have some quaint traditions associated with that are a testimony to Goa’s rich history. It is also our effort to preserve the heritage and cultural lineage of our state.”
Shri Parulekar then went on to enthusiastically outline the plans for this year’s event and mentioned that the state is geared up to expect and accommodate over 2.5lakh tourists during this time. The Carnaval 2014 commences with a Food and Culture festival on February 28, which will highlight the cuisine and rich legacy of Goa. This festival will also feature participation from other states. To add that element of glamour and excitement to the proceedings, a Brazilian troupe will be especially flown in for an electrifying Samba performance. Prominent musicians including the Raghu Dixit Project, Strings and some famous home-grown bands will perform at the festival too. It is expected that a fashion show and a fire display will also be included in the celebrations.
The event also saw actors Jackky Bhagnani and Neha Sharma, who star in the upcoming movie Youngistaan, speaking to the media about their experiences in Goa and association with the Carnaval. Youngistaan is the official movie partner for Goa Carnaval 2014.
Goa Tourism is also taking measures to ensure that high standards of safety, hygenie and cleanliness are maintained in the state. Shri 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.”