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Goa ushers in Carnival among pomp and splendour

IANS  |  Panaji 

Goa, a former Portuguese colony ushered in the on Saturday, with traditional float led by the caricaturish icon, Momo, to packed audiences.

Thousands of revelers dressed in visibly loud costumes, funny hats or dyed wigs, thronged the streets of Panaji as the parade moved merrily along the Marine drive near here.

"is one of the flagship tourism events of It is a symbol of our culture and tradition," told reporters on the sidelines of the festivities.

processions are symbolic of Goa's colonial Portuguese legacy and are held here every year before the holy season of Lent, which is marked by fasting and an air of solemnity.

The festival, which involves a public celebration in form of long continuous of gaily coloured floats, with masqueraded dancers, is led by or of the carnival, who is a locally chosen celebrity, who is given a key to the city.

After the inaugural parade in Panaji, similar float will also be held in other cities namely Margao, Vasco, Ponda, Morjim and Curchorem.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 21:12 IST
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