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Innovative minds on display at Margao carnival float parade

Margao: Innovative minds were on display at the carnival float parade while at the same time the tendency to caricature even serious matters were also seen.In all 87 floats participated in the parade that commenced at 4.40 pm and ended at 7.40 pm with King Momo’s float taking 40 minutes to travel the 1.2 kms route of the parade. While there were only 2 floats in the sponsored category, there were 29 clowns or jokers, 10 in traditional category, 13 in club and institution, 15 in family and 19 in junk or fun car category.Three persons had converted the traditional cycle into a motorized vehicle by fitting engines of different vehicles including the old Sunny scooter. One person had used the Kinetic chassis to prepare a motorized tricycle.There were three floats showing the national bird peacock and each was quite impressive in its own way. While three floats including the King Momo float had a mermaid, there was one that had a half male half fish which was called by the Compere Savio Mascarenhas as Merman.Savio did a good job describing the floats as they arrived however he kept referring to the ‘Opinion Poll Square’ as ‘Opinion Square’ thereby negating the very purpose of the grand function held a few weeks ago.
Some of the interesting floats were the one on Goenchim Festam by Raul Pereira from Quepem, on fisher folks from Arossim Cansaulim where different types of fish including the ray fish were on display, sobit fullam from Arlem Raia and Juvenche painter from St Estevam.One float had a big banner stating “no money can bring bak lost health” where back was wrongly spelt and in another float a person was wearing a white T-shirt with “fot, fotting, fottingponn” written on it and the person showed his back to the dignitaries seated on the dais where Vijai was also seated.One float parodied the fire services quite badly as a junk vehicle that had to be pushed to start was part of it and the dancers were just freaking out without any synchronized steps.The GSUDA float promoting Swach Bharat had two green bins to collect dry and wet waste whereas in reality different coloured bins are used for the two types of waste.The floats were judged by John Miranda, Mendra Alvares and Liselle Falcao. Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco accompanied Vijai in flagging off the parade in the presence of Margao Municipal Council Chairperson Dr Babita Prabhudessai.“I remembered the carnival of my childhood yesterday as we revived the street dance where the entire family celebrated together and they all enjoyed it,” she said expressing confidence that the carnival would be super successful this year.
The float parade was held under the theme green and clean Goa and preserving Goan culture. Probably that was the reason many floats had people dressed as kunbis doing the kunbi dance or the cotti dance or the fugdi. In face a kunbi troupe was dancing ahead of the King Momo float.While 25 Harley Davidson’s went ahead of the King Momo float including two lady riders, 40 Royal Enfields followed King Momo with three ridden by ladies.Dr Babita along with councilors Doris Texeira and Jose Fernandes sang a Konkani ditty as the crowd was waiting for the float parade to arrive at the main stage. Bruno Azaredo as King Momo read out his decree inviting visitors from India and abroad to enjoy a clean carnival.The Reserve Bank of India had a float for the first time while government departments like the Police and Goa State Urban Development Agency participated in the float parade.The parade was controlled by 400 police personnel drawn from Colva, Cuncolim, Maina-Curtorim, Fatorda, Margao, Konkan Railway Police Station, along with 150 from the Traffic cell and 100 from the Reserve Battalion Panjim. [H]

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