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The city of Panjim will come alive later this month in the spirit of Carnival and don a colourful look as citizens come together to celebrate Panjim City Carnaval – a four day extravaganza between 26 Feb and 1st March 2022.

“The Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) has planned a series of events across the city along with industry stakeholders, citizens and community champions. Like previous years, this year too citizens, establishments and the city authority will join forces to celebrate and revive the nostalgia of the years gone by, explained Agnelo Fernandes, Commissioner of the City of Panaji.

“The float parade will kick off at 3.00pm and will have several categories including Traditional, Club and Institutions, Family, Junk and Jokers”, he added.

The centrally located Jardin Garcia de Orta will transform into the Samba Square during the four day celebration so that people can come together and celebrate the festivities in true Samba style.

This year the city has added other venues – the newly renovated walkway along the Miramar beach and other venues around the city. In addition, cycle tours and walking trails will be held in the city.

Explained Vincent Ramos, Area Director, Taj Group of Hotels, “The Food and Beverage trade community has come together to support the city authorities in the efforts. Hotels, restaurants and culinary hotspots across the city have planned to bring the flavour of carnaval into their establishments by curating special carnival themes menus and decor to celebrate the efforts of the city. We at the Taj are going to be putting in all efforts to offer a wonderful experience to residents and visitors. We are also going to be bringing in a food truck all the way from Mumbai to be part of the Carnaval culinary extravaganza. “

“A culinary extravaganza with a host of food stalls and culinary pop-ups has also been planned at Samba Square and Miramar beach front.  A dedicated zone is being created for local culinary entrepreneurs or ‘foodpreneurs’ in an effort by the city to encourage them and offer the foodpreneurs a platform to showcase their creations,” explained Prahlad Sukhatankar, restauranter and owner of Blacket Market.

This year Samba Square will see a pop-up bazaar as colourful and quirky as the Carnaval itself featuring products by talented entrepreneurs from the state.

All the venues will feature acts and performances by a host of musicians from across age groups. From konkani language artists to local bands and khel tiatrs to stand up comedians, the venues will be buzzing with music and dance through the event.

Bookworm has planned a host of activities for children of all age groups at the Samba Square. Activities include art workshops, craft sessions, creative games and more. A stray dog adoption zone is also planned where interested individuals can come in to adopt a furry stray and give it a home.

The four day extravaganza will include a vintage car rally, a mobile alvorada winding down the streets, culinary food and heritage trails, pop-up eateries, music and dance.

The traditional Red & Black street dance which is generally held on the last day of the carnaval celebration will be held on the 1st of March 2022. The Goa Carnival is the most unique festival in the culturally vibrant and rich state of Goa.