On Saturday, Bandra’s Bandstand will host a dynamic carnival to start the Celebrate Bandra Festival in partnership with Hindustan Times.
Over 400 performers from Bandra are expected to showcase snippets of their talent dressed in elaborate costumes. “The parade best exemplifies the spirit of the festival. Those involved do it for the love of Bandra,” said Neale Murray, festival director.
Keeping with the festival’s green agenda, young members will dress up as flora and fauna and march with one of seven floats shaped like Earth.
A marching band, courtesy the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, will invite residents to the festivities that will peak at the Bandra Fort Amphitheatre for glimpses of the festival’s highlights.
Uday Benegal, front man of former rock group Indus Creed, is expected to belt out the band’s best-loved tracks as well as those by Alms For Shanti, his funk band in New York.
Glee Hives, a choir of five to 14-year-olds, will sing in support of the environment. “We’ve been rehearsing a piece called Trees, a popular poem rendered to music by Joyce Kilmer. They are also singing Ziggy Marley’s Give a Little Love,” said Celeste Cordo, founder of the 25-year-old choir and in-charge of western music for the festival.
Bandra-based tenor Edward Mendes is also expected to be part of the ceremony. “Expect vintage cars, stunt artistes and cultural dance performances,” said Murray.