Panaji Garden to turn into Samba Square for Carnival

The Panaji Carnival committee has announced that the Jardim Garcia de Orta will transform into a Samba Square for four days of carnival festivities beginning on February 9.

Announcing an attempt to have a 'people's carnival', the president of the committee, Sanjit Rodrigues, said that the Samba Square will feature dance, music and entertainment for five days. Special games and kids' zones, lounges and entertainment will be set up at the garden. Besides, photography exhibitions, poster contests and other such activities have also been planned for the four -day event. As part of the NoMoZo initiative, all the roads around the garden will be closed to traffic on Sunday, February 10, while one road along the Hindu Pharmacy will be open on the rest of the days with the other roads remaining closed. Food stalls will be located on the roads surrounding the garden while entertainment activities will carry on inside the garden precinct.

Rodrigues said that there was good response from the floats for the parade with around 45-50 floats having registered for the float parade this year. He said that a screening committee will ensure that the floats are of good quality and this year, 2 judges each will be located at three points along the parade route to ensure that performers don't slacken once they pass the judges. [TOI]