union minister for tourism chiranjeevi to inagurate five day carnival celebrations in goa starting from 9th of february

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Panaji, Jan 8 (courtesy-PTI) … South Indian filmstar Chiranjeevi will inaugurate the five day long Carnival festivities in Goa on February 9, state tourism minister Dilip Parulekar said.

The festivities will have float parades being organized across five cities during the each day. “Chiranjeevi will inaugurate the float parade in Panaji on the first day of the festivities,” Parulekar told PTI.

The carnival parades have been an annual feature for the traditional Carnival festivities. Parulekar said that the parades would be held in the cities of Panaji, Mapusa, Margao, Vasco and one more town, which is yet to be decided.

Thousands of locals and tourists witness these parades which are spearheaded by a float of King Momo, a mythological figure who rules the state for three days.

The Carnival celebrations were brought in Goa by erstwhile Portuguese rulers, which has now been an integral part of Goa’s festivity calendar.

The minister also said that a `Sea Food festival’ would be held at the outskirts of Panaji in the run up for Carnival celebrations. The festival will start on February 8.

“We have invited various states like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Gujarat to participate in the event along with the host state of Goa,” Parulekar added.