Chiang Mai Flower Festival
This past weekend was the Chiang Mai Annual Flower Festival; 38 years and still going strong. Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday (0ur 164th!).The gorgeous flowers, traditional dancing, marching bands, beautiful costumes. and a parade filled with spectacular floats made for an awesome weekend. Events this year were held between the Suan Buak Hat Park, in the old city, and Thapae Gate. The parade followed its usual route, winding through the city from Narrawot Bridge to Suan Buak Hat. The one big change this year was that the parade didn’t get underway until 4pm. In fact, it was closer to 5pm before things really started. Darkness had long fallen before we saw the final floats, and dancers!
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I visited Suan Buak Hat Park on Friday. Flower judging contests were happening. Food vendors were enticing attendees with loads of delicious food. There was a traditional market where you could buy everything from plants to puppies. The highlights for me were the orchids and the traditional dancing. Here are my favorite shots from the Friday.
The variety of orchids was amazing! I love these pink miniatures…
Flower judging is serious business…
More beautiful orchids…
Suan Buak Hat Park…
Thai traditional dancers dressed to dance.
Aren’t they lovely?
This younger dancer knew exactly how to pose!
Concentrating on the performance…
Loved these masked dancers!
Saturday arrived, and the parade wound its way from Narrawot Bridge to Suan Buak Park. I have lost count as to the number of times I have seen this parade, and I never tire of it. Chiang Mai shines when it comes to putting on this annual spectacle. I wish I could show you all the great moments I managed to capture. but my blogging host would probably shut me down! I’ll try to post more in the weeks to come.
These Hill Tribe dancers boogied the entire length of Thapae Gate Road, and they were just getting started!
Loved these colorful tiger heads!
There was no end to the beautiful floats! Well there was, but the parade went for at least three hours (probably close to four)
The swan at Thapae Gate…
And one last flower…
The festival is a 3-day event, and is held either the first or the second weekend in February. If Chinese New Year falls on the same weekend (as it did this year), the festival is usually changed to the next weekend. The entire festival is free. Accomodation can be at a premium, so if you decide to attend, book early!
This is the 164th edition of Travel Photo Thursday. You can browse the archives here.
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