The parade, which was hosted by State Tourism Department, was held along the seashore on the road connecting Miramar beach to Dona Paula near here, and was flagged of by Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar in the presence of Panaji Mayor Surendra Furtado.
The parade, with more than 30 floats, was led by King Momo who decreed that one was to eat, drink and be merry over the four days of festivities. More than 20,000 people lined the route, said organisers.
In a first, Goa police participated in the parade with a message against smoking and the consumption of alcohol in public places.
The parades across other cities would be held from tomorrow onwards. organisers informed.
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