Panaji: The four-day annual pre-Lent festival began with festive fervour Goa on Saturday.King Momo and his entourage entered the capital and kicked off the party, decreeing that everyone attending the festival must enjoy their time over next four days.Goa Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma flagged off the Panaji carnival floats parade on Saturday, with Mumbai-based music director, Joe D’Costa and Goa’s renowed Fado singer, Sonia Shirsat, playing the carnival theme song ‘Kai Boro Dis’. The attendees chanted “Viva Carnival” at King Momo’s float, at the streets of Panaji.However, the carnival parade was comparatively subdued this year, and the festival was bereft of its political patronage due to the State Assembly elections. The crowd of revellers, too, lacked enthusiasm. The floats highlighted various social, environment, and wildlife issues. Banks too highlighted the importance of cashless transactions in sponsored floats.
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