He said the tourism department was expecting better footfalls during the carnival, after a lacklustre response from tourists during the just-concluded Christmas and New Year festivities as compared to previous years.
"This season we saw a bit low tourist footfalls. We expect that the carnival festival will make up for the loss," Ajgaonkar told reporters here.
"We will be promoting the carnivalacross the world," Ajgaonkar said, adding that the float parades would reflect Goa's culture.
Besides, the state government has also set a budget of Rs 1.42 crore for the other float parades, he added.
The carnival is being celebrated in Goa since the 18th century and is meant for enjoyment and merry-making, just before the 40 days of Lent, which is the time of abstinence and spiritual preparation for Easter.
The festival was introduced by the Portuguese, who ruled Goa for over 500 years, an official earlier said.
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