Goa witnesses a unique event on the eve of Diwali when the Narkasurs (demon effigies) are paraded on the streets before they are reduced to ash. This marks the commencement of the festival of light and end of evil and darkness. Effigies of the narkasurs are designed days before the festivities and the young and old both engage in the pain staking job of constructing large effigies that dance on the streets on the eve of Diwali. Many competitions are organized and prizes awarded before the effigies are reduced to ash.
Main Narkasur Parades are organized at Panaji – the Capital City of Goa, Margao, Mapusa, Vasco and Ponda. Tourists from neighboring states and abroad attend these parades in large numbers.