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Panjim decked up for Shigmo parade today

PANJIM/MARGAO/MAPUSA: The much-awaited Shigmo festival will delight Panjim on Saturday. The city is all decked up for the glittering Shigmo parade with thousands, including tourists and locals, expected to line up the streets to view the floats. The parade will begin at 4.30 pm and in order to ensure smooth flow of the floats, wide gaps between two floats will not be allowed.
“The float parade held at other centers saw Shigmo revelers partaking in the festivities and one will witness similar enthusiasm during the next few days at all other centers,” a statement issued by Tourism Department said.
There are a total of 40 groups participating in the parade, including 19 floats.
Officials said that elaborate arrangements have been made at each of the centers to ensure smooth conduct of the parades. Efforts are also being made to ensure that the float parades begin on time so that people can view the floats and dance performances which showcase Goa’s rich culture, performing arts, music and dance.
Large floats depicting scenes from regional mythology and religious scenes besides performance of traditional folk dances like Ghode Modni and Fugdi will be the attraction of the day.
Meanwhile, the Margao Shigmo will be held on March 19 and will begin from 4 pm in the evening. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will be the chief guest at the function and Minister Vijai Sardessai will be the guest of honour. The Shigmo will be held on the Ravindra Bhavan to Damodar linga route from this year.
Margao Municipal Council Chairperson Babita Angle along with the working President of the Madgao Shigmotsav Samiti Sujay Lotliker and others had a press briefing regarding the same. The prizes this time for the Shigmo floats will be the ones prescribed by the Tourism Department. “The fun of this year’s Shigmo has just doubled because for the first time it will be hassle free and without any differences,” Babita claimed.
The chairperson said that after a lot of discussion and deliberation with all the stakeholders, it has been decided that from this year on, all the cultural parades will be held on the route of Ravindra Bhavan to Linga temple road. She also promised to complete all the pending works of the road widening and do barricading where necessary.
In Mapusa, the Mapusa Shigmotsav Committee in association with Tourism Department has organised five-day Shigmotsav in Mapusa.
The event will start on March 22 with Rangotsav and end with huge Shigmotsav parade on March 26.
Briefing the media, Mapusa Shigmotsav Committee president Mohan Kanekar said, “This 5-day programme will include events such as fancy dress competition, dance competition, offbeat entertainment, traditional Lavani form of dance. On the last day, the registration counter for participants will be open from 3 pm to 4 pm but no registration will take place after 4 pm.”
He informed that groups that bring their floats along with them at the spot will be registered. Also those who fail to register themselves can participate in parade but they won’t be considered for prizes.
The judges of the parade will keep a check that each float maintains a distance of 10 meters and those who exceed 10 meters, their marks will be deducted as per the rule.
This is to maintain a proper gap between the floats so that no time is wasted. The float parade will start at sharp 4.30 from Alankar Theatre and end at Bodgini. The program will conclude by 10 pm. [H]

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