Wednesday, 23 February 2011
|Consort of the King, Her Majesty Queen Momo|
Do you wanne be part of King Momo's 4-day reign of fun and frolic in Goa? Come and join in the float parades. Entries are entertained even at the last moment. If not anything else, you could enter in the Clown or Joker category. Past Carnivals have seen individuals dressed as Bin Laden but professing to be "Peace Laden", men dressed as big-bosommed, fat-bottommed aunties, ghosts, ghouls, etc.
King Momo's 4-day reign of fun and frolic in Goa begins on March 5 at 3 p.m.in Goa's capital city of Panjim. The monarch of merriment will declare open his reign from atop his regal chariot with his beautiful Queen alongside. The King will lead the parade of floats along the beautiful River Mandovi in a riot of colour, costume, music and dance. Sorry, forgot the feni.
The Carnival will be celebrated in 3 other towns; Margao (March 6), Vasco (March 7), Mapusa (March 8).
Joaquim Telles, president of the Panjim Carnival Committee told me the Carnival parade will have floats in 6 categories this year. These are Sponsor category where some endorsement of products is allowed on the float; Club or Institution (1st prize Rs 30,000), Fun Junk Car (1st prize Rs 10,000), Family (Rs 10,000), Clown or Joker (Rs 5,000) and the most eye-catching, Traditional category which has the highest 1st prize of Rs 40,000.
Joaquim said last year there were 96 floats in Panjim alone. "Lately, we have revived the Traditional category. That is why the 1st prize is Rs 40,000. The Carnival is unique to Goa. People from all over India, all over Asia and other parts of the world come to Goa to see it," said Joaquim.
You can come too! And stay at Joe and Marietta's Guesthouse, Calangute. http://www.holidayhomegoa.com/
|The Carnival Chariot of His Royal Highness, the King Momo!|