Not limiting the college festivities to the campus, students of Wilson College will now be spilling them out in public spots as well. This weekend, they will organise a carnival parade at Marine Drive in a run-up to their BMM fest, Polaris to be held later this month.
“The theme for our festival this year is ‘carnival’ and we thought it would be great to have a real parade at a place like Marine Drive that attracts huge crowds,” says Ayush Puthran, event head, Polaris, which is the first fest to hit the college calender. Around 35 colleges will participate in the parade that will begin at 7.30 am on July 10.
“We realised that since people can turn up for marathons that early in the morning, then why not for a parade?” reasons Puthran, justifying the timing of the event. Each participating college has been assigned a contingent name and they will be judged on the creativity and innovation they put together their act with.
Says the leader of ‘Bata Bano’ contingent, not wishing to be named due to the competitive nature of the parade, “Our team will have around 100 to 120 students, and our focus will be to including attractive props, floats and musical instruments.”
The ‘Paris’ contingent plans to keep their act as close to the real Paris carnival that is held in the French capital every year. “We are working hard on getting our costumes and masks to present a unique act,” says a participating student from the team. Since each college receives 10 points per participant, they will compete to include as many people in their respective contingents as possible, thus also adding to the mass feel of the event.
“Apart from the individual points, the winning team will get 300 points, runner up will score 200 and the second runner-up will be granted 100 points. It’s going to be a riot of colours with, enthusiastic participation from each college,” says Puthran, a second-year BMM student.
However, organising the parade at Marine Drive wasn’t a cakewalk for students, even though the college is located at Chowpatty itself. “To get the requisite permissions and clearances, we had to run from the police station to the fire brigade department. The process took us almost 15 days, but it was worth the wait,” he says.