Theme song ‘Carnaval Sobovya’ released
Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Wednesday released the official theme song for the annual four-day Carnival float parade to be held in Goa from March 2 to 5, 2019.
The theme song ‘Carnaval Sobovya’, is composed, mixed and mastered by Mukesh Ghatwal, who has also sung it with Queeni Fernandes. The lyrics have been written by Ghatwal and Roque Lazarus. The main float parade of the festival will be held in the capital city of Panaji on March 2 followed by parades in other towns across the state.
The float parade will be held in Margao on March 3, Vasco, Ponda and Curchorem on March 4, while in Mapusa, Morjim, and Shiroda, the float parades will be held on March 5.
“We are promoting Carnival worldwide with fun and fervour; tourists should come to Goa to witness our unique culture. ‘Khao piyo aur majja karo’ (eat drink and be merry),” said Ajgaonkar while addressing a press conference in Panaji.
Ajgaonkar appealed to Carnival revellers to stay away from drugs and instead enjoy ‘cashew feni’ claiming that it has medicinal importance.
He stated that entertainment icon and ace dance performer, William Anes has been selected as King Momo to lead the float parades across the towns in the state.
He also informed that the department has prepared a budget of around `3 crore for the festival which also includes provision for prize money, and for decoration and illumination of the streets through which the Carnival parades will pass.
He said that adequate security arrangements have been made for tourists arriving in the state for the Carnival festival.