Colourful parade sets mood for IFFI inauguration
The mood was set for today's inauguration of International Film Festival of India with a colourful parade, reflecting the spirit of Goa, traversing through specially renovated streets of the coastal state.
The parade, which commenced from the foot of the Mandovi bridge, saw a rich swirl of colour as young girls and boys dressed in their traditional best danced to the rhythm of drum beats and lively Goan music.
As eye-catching floats traversed through the renovated streets of the permanent venue of IFFI, scores of onlookers, who had taken their position since early afternoon to have a look at the colourful extravaganza, clapped in unison.
The bright blue skies acted as a perfect backdrop for the inauguration of the gala event, as tableaux of giant colourful jokers, local fisherwoman dressed in their traditional attire and effigies of gods and goddesses jostled for space.
The replica of the famous Mangeshi Temple and the national bird peacock also made their appearance during the parade, adding a festive touch to the entire event.
The parade later culminated at the Kala Academy, the venue of the formal inaugural ceremony of the film festival.
Besides this, a host of activities - an exhibition of Goan artistes' works, street plays, and screening of popular films at the Miramar beach - have been planned during the week, they said.
Goa government had recently come in for a lot of flak from local organisations who opposed the festival strongly. The locals had been voicing their concern over traffic problems and environmental pollution besides the strain on civic amentities due to the large number of people pouring in to attend the festival.