Puri is fast changing into a cultural destination from being a beach paradise, as a number of programs are being organised here throughout the year. The beach festival just concluded and a beach carnival offering a fete of art, music, theater, poetry and more would be organised for the first time from January 20 to 26.
Inspired from the Goa carnival, the event will be a week long affair of fun and frolic. It will be organised on the entire stretch of the beach from Hotel Mayfair to Swargadwar.
The festival will help to draw attention of tourists. The carnival will be an annual affair, and tourist officer aim to turn it into a major attraction like the Goa carnival.
The Odisha tourism, Puri district administration and Mute Entertainment Private Limited, an event management company, will host the carnival together. It will start with a parade, where local communities will take part in their traditional outfits. This apart, various stakeholders of the Puri tourism industry, including hoteliers, restaurant owners and tourist guides, will don colorful attires at the event.
“Tourists will also be encouraged to take part in the carnival procession,” said Rahul Raul from the event management company.
“The boat rally, where around 50 decorated boats will sail on the sea, will be another highlight of the event,” said Gyanendra Ray from the event management firm. Besides, around 400 local artistes will showcase various traditional art forms in the carnival.
Pallishree Mela, a fair where beach vendors will showcase their artworks such as stone carving, appliqué work, woodcarving, mask making and palm leaf engraving, will also be organised at the carnival. They will also sell seafood at the fair.