Chandigarh Carnival starts with a bang

November 22nd, 2008 - 7:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Nov 22 (IANS) The much-awaited annual Chandigarh Carnival started here Saturday with great fanfare. A colourful parade, marking the event, was welcomed by anxious people of various age groups.Hundreds of people including students from various schools and colleges and local artists participated in the parade with full fervor and energy.

There were life-size floats of various designs and tableaux carried on cycle-rickshaws and tractor-trolleys moving at a leisurely pace throughout the city as the crowd danced to the beat of drums.

Besides, the first day of the two-day carnival saw the release of balloons, playing of bands, beating of drums and performances of Punjabi bhangra and giddha. Playback singer Shreya Ghoshal also enthralled the audience with her live performance in the evening.

“We are expecting over 200,000 people to visit this carnival during the two days. This year we are organising this festival on a very large scale and have increased its budget to around Rs.6 million,” Vinod Kalia, assistant director of tourism, Chandigarh told IANS.

He said many things happened for the first time in the carnival like the parade of the Indian Air Force and the installation of stalls by other countries like Japan, France and Hungary.

“We have also increased the number of stalls as last year we had only 25. But this time we have 40 stalls made of bamboo and mud,” he added.

About the security measures, Senior Superintendent of Police S.S. Srivastava said: “We have stationed senior rank officials at the site and instructed all our officials well in advance about the security measures. Police control room has also been established inside the carnival venue where anyone can approach us in case of any trouble.”

Amusement park for children providing swings and joy rides, hanging bridge and children traffic park and the mini rock garden made by Nek Chand was also among the major attractions.

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