PANAJI, February 18, 2017: Renowned Goan musician and entertainment King, Roque Tome Fernandes has been selected as King Momo for Goa Carnaval 2017.
A committee constituted by Goa Tourism today selected Roque Fernandes who was one among the four applicants aspiring to lead Goa Carnaval between February 25-28, 2017.
Roque Fernandes, aged 65 and resident of Panaji, is a retired government employee. He is a well known musician and popular figure in the Goan entertainment industry. Fernandes has played key roles in Mando festivals and many top Goan cultural events. He is also a popular figure at the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT), dressed as Kingo Momo welcoming foreign tourists on cruise liners arriving at the Port.
For Fernandes, this is his fifth time as King Momo and his selection came after a stiff competition from three other contestants.
Thrilled to be King Momo once again, Fernandes said, “ I love Goa, I love to be King Momo and I am all set to enthrall Goa and all visitors to the State for the four day Carnaval celebrations.”
King Momo’s entourage will lead the Carnaval float parades at the four centres: Panaji, (February 25), Margao (February 26), Vasco (February 27) and Mapusa (February 28). Carnaval float parades will also be held in Curchorem and Shiroda on February 27 and at Ponda on Februay 28.