The three-day Kakinada Beach Festival was opened on a grand scale at Vakalapudi on Saturday. The East Godavari district administration has been conducting the festival for the second consecutive year with an objective of promoting tourist attractions in the district.
Union Minister M.M. Pallam Raju, Minister for Tourism Vatti Vasanth Kumar, district in-charge Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy and Minister for Stamps and Registrations Tota Narasimham were among the dignitaries who participated in the grand gala opening ceremony.
As a prelude to the festival, a 5-km run was conducted by the district officials from the District Sports Authority Stadium to Bhanu Gudi Junction, in which Collector Neetu Prasad, Superintendent of Police N. Sivasankar Reddy, Commandant of the APSP Rajesh Kumar and other officials participated.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Mr. Pallam Raju congratulated the district administration for taking up the initiative to conduct the three-day festival.
He said that though there were many tourist attractions in the district, most of them were not in the limelight due to absence of publicity. He felt such festivals would help in promoting the tourist spots.
Cultural performances by the local artistes and renowned artistes were arranged at the Beach on all the three days.
Stalls of handicrafts, handlooms and traditional food items remained the major attraction at the festival. The police made elaborate security arrangements and promulgated traffic diversions keeping in view of the huge response to the last year’s festival.
- As a prelude to the festival, a 5-km run was conducted
- Cultural performances are arranged on all the three days of the festival