Goa Carnaval 2014



Merry making and celebrations that began from December last year onwards is not to end so soon. It’s time for the Goa Carnaval 2014. This 4 day extravaganza of fun, frolic, amusement and festivity will kick start from 1st March, 2014 and promises to keep up the zeal and zest among its people till 4th March, 2014. The carnival every year covers the entire state and the festivities include a parade of colorful floats and troupes of masked revelers attired in gorgeous costumes singing and dancing to lively music that is usually performed live. The best floats are given handsome prizes. The opening day parade starts on 1st  March, 2014 from Panjim.


This big bash depicts the tradition and culture of Goa in a unique way. The origins of carnival are apparently the hedonistic feasts of ancient Rome and Greece. It made its appearance in the Spanish and Portuguese colonies, where it metamorphosed into the very Latin singing-dancing-drinking bouts. The carnival is presided over by King Momo, who on the opening day orders his subjects to party.


The exciting and fun-filled four-day non-stop extravaganza is a Pagan festival popular in Latin American countries that were colonies of Portugal at some point in time.


The Carnival is uniquely Goan and is not celebrated anywhere else in India. It is a typical Latin, song, music and dance and precedes the "Lent". The highlight of the exotic frenzy of merriment is the appointment and arrival of “KING MOMO” and his retinue to the capital city Panaji on "Fat Saturday", the eve of Carnival.


It is a happy of religion, heritage and above all the spirit of harmony that attracts thousands of tourists every year.


The Carnaval float parade will start from the following places on the following dates:


1st March, 2014 - Panjim

2nd March, 2014 - Margao

2nd March, 2014 - Ponda

3rd March, 2014 - Vasco

3rd March, 2014 - Curchorem

3rd March, 2014 - Shiroda

4th March, 2014 - Mapusa


Carnaval Food & Cultural Festival starts on 28th February, 2014 at Panjim.


The “Magson’s Chef-de-Goa Cooking Contest" is being held as a part of the Goa Carnaval Food and Cultural Festival, 2014. The Preliminary Round of the contest which will be held at the Miramar Residency on 27th February, 2014 at 4pm. The theme of the contest is "Authentic Goan Cuisine".

The Final Round will be held on 2nd March, 2014 at the Goa Carnaval Food and Cultural Festival Venue (Merces Ground).

The winners will be presented with a Magson's Gift Hamper along with many more exciting prizes.


The Carnaval ends on 4th March, 2014.


Below is a schedule of the performances to be held at the Goa Carnaval 2014:

DAY 1: 28th February, 2014

Inauguration Programme

Dance Acrobats Darryl and Raquel

Live band (Varun Carvalho)

Headlining Act by Agnee


DAY 2: 1st March, 2014

Nilesh Kamat & Joe Live & Solo

brothers in arms/ Latin Dance Performance by "floor fillers"

Headlining Act by Kunal Ganjawala


DAY 3: 2nd March, 2014

Alcatraz (Live band)

Springbok African Acrobats

Headlining Act by Rabbi Shergil


DAY 4: 3rd March, 2014

Nezz & Neka

Simple truth (Live band)

Headlining Act (Fashion show & Lorna)


DAY 5: 4th March, 2014

International Bollywood dancers

Crimson Tide

Headlining Act by Carla Mohini and Forefront