The annual carnival held by Chandigarh Administration is a much-awaited event. Held in the Leisure Valley in the last weekend of November, it is decorated by the students of the Government College of Arts, Chandigarh. Whether it is the warm winter sun or the enthusiasm and the hard work put in by the students in preparing the Floats, it is a well-attended event.
This year the theme was Indradanush- Colour your Life Like a Rainbow. The carnival held from 24th to 26th November was inaugurated by Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher.
As usual, a part of the carnival was reserved for joyrides, another for the Food Court, for performing artists/ troupes and competitions. Several local artists were painting and interacting with the visitors in the stall set up by Chandigarh Lalit Kala Academy. An installation and various artworks had been displayed by the students from the Arts College. Some students were giving rides to the visitors on the floats prepared by them and others were sketching portraits of the visitors or painting tattoos.
Several banks, Government Museum and Art Gallery, British Library, Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan had set up stalls as always. Children were seen participating with great gusto in the stall of the1st-time participant T.S. Central State Library. Several other NGOs and Transgender Welfare Board had also set up stalls.
However, it was disappointing to see several vacant stalls, especially that of Amul, seeing that it was the National Milk Day on the 26th November. Also the traditional Sarson ka Saag and Makki ki Roti was missing from the menu of CITCO.
An added attraction was the Vintage cars on display in the Museum of Arts Gallery.