Carnival Time

Trip Start Sep 19, 2012
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Trip End Jul 22, 2014


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Flag of India  , Goa,
Sunday, February 10, 2013

The whole of Goa has Carnival fever and no one can really tell me what its about. From What i gather it has to do with Ash Wednesday and a party before Lent. All the towns and villages partake and there a float processions and music up and down the coast.

Basti and I went through to Margao on Sunday to watch the main procession. We got there nice and early and found a good bench with a great view and when it got busy we could then stand up and view over the crowd. HA Ha . Some how more and more locals pushed their way on to the bench until we were about to be pushed off. 2 can play that game. Every time the guy next to me moved his foot I slid mine along and gentle leaned on him. He would move his foot and so would I and eventually we claimed our space back. The streets were packed with people and a huge police and army presence. However everyone was generally well behaved

The parade took a couple of hours and the floats were a mix of Fun, political, health, local farming activities and some just weird. The bigger floats had huge sound systems but the strange thing was they were followed by a smaller truck with a large generator that was connected by a cable. As the procession went along they had to play out or wind in the cable depending on the speed. After a few hours it did become a bit boring so we left and headed back home.

 On Tuesday it was Benaulim's turn and I decided to have a balcony party. My room looks straight on to the main road so we had a great view of the procession. Rachel, Trevor, Helena Basti and gathered with a fridge full of alcohol and some snacks. The floats were all late and there were only about 6 of them. There were more scooters and bikes than anything else. Not much to look at but we had a great time on the balcony.
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Lu on

Loved the description of the sound system followed by the generator!

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