The nights have been colorful and full of action across various stages in Thiruvananthapuram. The 10-day long Onam celebrations with various entertainment programs are coming to an end and the stage is set for the grand finale.
The closing of the Onam celebrations at the capital will be marked by the mega rally from East Fort to Vellayambalam on Saturday, which will project the cultural heritage of Kerala. The rally would be inaugurated by governor P. Sathasivam at the Manaveeyam Road.
Floats and tableau
More than hundred floats depicting the tradition and heritage of the state will take part in this year's rally. The number of floats registered to take part has already exceeded last year's. The various government departments are presenting their floats, which add more color and excitement to the event. The floats by the fire department, KSEB, police force, rapid action force, revenue department, finance department, legal metrology department and food safety department will provide both entertainment and information to the spectators.
Men and women performing traditional art forms will entertain the spectators. Kids on roller skates will be part of the rally. Besides the traditional arts of Kerala, art forms from other states too would be a part of the gala event. Manipuri dance, Bhangra, and many other dance forms of Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu will enthrall the audience. As usual, the chief minister, governor and other VIPs would watch the spectacle from the specially constructed dais in front of the University College.
Children will lead the rally with their various arts and sports performances followed by other entertainment programs; the floats and tableau would make up the tail end of the rally. The rally will begin at 5 pm and will end at East Fort by around 8.30 pm. The main roads between East Fort and Vellayambalam will be cordoned off and diverted through other routes.