Who has been crowned King Momo of Benaulim, Goa?

Who has been crowned as King Momo of the Goa Carnival of Benaulim this year? Cleeven Fernandes! He is a passionate restaurateur and businessman.

He tried to become King Momo before but he ended up being the runner-up instead. This year, however, at the selection rounds held by the Goa Tourism and Development Cooperation, Cleeven is now looking forward to the Carnival throne for the Benaulim constituency.

There is more to the story… Did you know that Cleveen’s family has played a big part in Goa’s Carnival celebrations? The State’s very first King Momo was Cleveen’s uncle Timoteo in 1967! Timoteo started the first Carnival in Goa in 1965 after getting the idea from on the Brazilian Carnival at Rio de Janeiro.

Cleeven’s father, Roque Fernandes, was King Momo five times! As his father and three uncles became King, it sparked that dream which came true in Cleeven’s life.

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