In 2017, the annual Goa Carnival will be held from February 25-28. Celebrated since the 18th century, this is a time for merry-making and feasting, preceding the 40 days of Lent. On Fat Saturday on the eve of the Carnival, arrives King Momo (selected by the people) and his retinue of fire eaters, jesters, dancers, a brass band and revellers. The next day, they lead the colourful float parade and procession. The festivities usually begin around 3 pm and last for about three hours and the celebrations culminate with the famous Red and Black Ball, which is usually held at the Clube National in Panaji. In 2017, the main float parade will be held in Panjim on February 25, followed by float parades in Margao (February 26), Vasco (February 27) and Mapusa (February). The carnival is also celebrated in the Goan countryside, where it's called ‘Intruz’. Look up goatourism.gov.in for more details.