Helicopter floats to appear for the first time at the Goa Carnival 2023

Date: 12th February 2023

For the first time in the history of Goa Carnivals, helicopter, floats will also join the celebration

The much-awaited Goa Carnival & Shigmotsav festival dates were announced in a press conference conducted by the Ministry of Tourism, Goa, convened under tourism minister Mr Rohan Khaunte. During this press conference, the minister filled in the major details regarding the ever-vibrant folk festivals emerging from Konkani and Western-Christian roots growing back centuries, along with the state’s tourism plans. The Goa Carnival 2023 will be very unique as it will be a blend of sea, air, and ground. This year we will witness aerial participation for the very first time, a helicopter will be part of the carnival parade, and there will be floats in the river Mandovi.

Going back to the Konkani roots from where the Intruz started, the Carnival originates from Mardi Gras, a Christian tradition of indulgent feasts and dancing & drinking bouts before the fasting and abstinence associated with the penitential season of lent. This year, the Carnival is set to commence from the 18th until the 21st of February and a curtain raiser on the 17th of February in Porvorim. The flagging off of the float parade will be done on Saturday at Panaji. The traditional route for the Carnival float procession in the capital city will start at New Patto Bridge and pass in front of the former secretariat. The centres for the Carnival are Porvorim, Panaji, Margao, Vasco, Mapusa and Morjim.

The Carnival parade will move along the road with floats in categories such as traditional, institutional, family fun junk, clown joker, etc., including floats from local villages, commercial entities, and cultural groups. The Carnival includes the staging of local streetside plays, commonly known as ‘Khell Tiatr’, in the coastal taluka of Salcete in South Goa. The Carnival remains Goa’s most famous festival and has been celebrated since the 18th century.

Russel D’Souza from Margão, Goa, has been selected as the King Momo for this year. He is an entrepreneur chosen from 10 applicants based on the usual personality, background and talent criteria. King Momo traditionally proclaims the Konkani message kha, piye aani majja kar (eat, drink and make merry).

The spectacular five-day festival of colours, the “Shigmotsav” or “Shigmo festival”, also regarded as Goa’s spring festival, is held in the villages of Goa every year. Famous temple “Yatras” take place during this time. This festival is celebrated in the month of Phalguna (March) from the 9th moon day to the full moon day as per the Hindu calendar. It is the biggest festival for the Hindus. To draw tourists, this festival is celebrated in several towns. Cities host processions that feature both contemporary floats and traditional Goan dancing. Best float decorators and performers in the procession receive awards. This year, the colourful festival is set to begin from March 8th until March 21st. The centres for the Shigmo float parade are set in Ponda, Bicholim, Mapusa, Panaji, Porvorim, Pernem, Valpoi, Sanqualim, Curchorem, Vasco, Margao, Sanguem, Quepem and Canacona. These floats comprise traditional folk dances, street dancers and floats depicting religious scenes.

Like every year, this year too, the tourism department is beholden to welcome tourists from across the world for a delightful time in Goa. Goa’s tourism department is ensuring that all the necessary steps are taken to ensure public safety. With the launch of the new Helipad, tourism will incline towards the vibrant sightseeing Goa has to offer and attract high-end tourists. The department has also set up a 24×7 running helpline for tourists in cases of distress or to seek any detail they require. With hopes of making Goa a responsible and sustainable tourism destination, the department is elated to serve Goans and their guests.

You Might Also Be Interested In

The iconic Dona Paula jetty of Goa has been reopened!
Can you feel the rhythm?
Sip and Munch ‘Drunch’ at Holiday Inn Goa Candolim
An app to report potholes?!
When History comes back to Life…
"Raj Kapoor: The Master at Work” is not...
IFFI 52 closes, raising a toast to the never-ending ...
Goa Heritage Festival to make a comeback this November
Why has Bondla sanctuary become a tourist hotspot?
Dr. Prakash Kurade - The Good Doctor
Celebrate A Glittering Diwali With IHCL, Goa
Airbnb signs an MoU with Goa's Department of Tourism
Stay Hydrated This Summer
From the Chef of The St. Regis Goa Resort - Recipe for Miso Butter Chilean Sea Bass
A 9-step plan has been created to reduce accidents in Goa
100 Electric Vehicle charging stations will be set up in Goa!
Paper Moon Debuts In India At Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa
American Green Iguana's surprising appearance in Goa's Chapora
Coping with the “Reintegration Anxiety”
Train journeys on Mumbai-Goa route made better with vistadome coaches
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary now has NIGHT trails!
Designer jewellery exhibition
Grand Hyatt Goa marks the beginning of the holiday festivities by lighting up the Christmas Tree
What's going to happen during Iffi Day 5?
A wheelchair with dreams?
Two UK charters per week to come to Goa!
You may have never seen a race like this in Goa before!
Essen Windmills – A Testimony To Its Breeze Of The Ocean
India's first passenger drone by Indian Navy will be seen on Republic Day
Lost in the music - Famous bands of Goa
Veerangana: The story of valour and courage of women protecting women
Cricket Icon Yuvraj Singh is Hosting an Exclusive Stay at his Goa Home on Airbnb
Goan makes amazing invention for popular TV show
How’s the Josh? High Sir!  - Day 4 of Iffi 52
National 'Save The Wetlands’ campaign to be launched from Goa - Nanda Lake to take centerstage
Grand Hyatt Goa rings in the festivities with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration
Goan Theatre Plays (Tiatr) now have a new hotspot!
Japanese Film ‘Ring Wandering’, a film which...
Something old …. & a lot more New Goa
Pursuing Sunsets in Goa
Make your own Mango Kulfi!
IFFI 52 International Competition Film Charlotte captures...
Travel is Therapy
A Christmas for Humanity at DoubleTree by Hilton Goa - Panaji
Vasco’s Maimollem Lake to be transformed into tourist attraction
Siroi Lifestyle Store
Spaces’ Travelling Exhibition Comes to Goa
IFFI unwraps Kaleidoscope package, 11 films to be showcased
Goa DGP Jaspal Singh, and SP Vishram Borkar to recieve President's medal.

Author: Planet Goa Team
For us at Planet-Goa, our team is driven by that feeling of exhilaration that one gets when discovering that something ‘unique’ and ‘new’ about Goa for our ever-so-discerning readers.

Leave a Reply