Chiang Mail reporters
The 41st annual Chiang Mai Flower Festival went off without a
hitch on Saturday February 4, 2017 at 9 a.m. from Nawarat Bridge where
Governor Pawin Chamniprasart and Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn were joined by
officials and visitors to judge each float and organizations.
The 25 districts of Chiang Mai were
represented along with many local businesses and organizations. The
Flower Festival Parade wound its way through city streets to end up at
Suan Buak Haad where the floats remained parked until Sunday, February
5. The park was filled with locals, visitors and tourists enjoying the
spectacular displays of flowers including the tulip sections that had
many local people posing for photos.
The Chiang Mai Flower Festival is a
highlight of the event calendar in Chiang Mai and is held the first
weekend in February every year. (Photos by Micaela Hobbs)
Chiang Mai Chinatown Chinese New Year festivities
The Chinese New Year Parade is a big hit with tourists and locals alike as the dragon and lion dancers parade along Tha Pae Road bringing prosperity for local businesses.
The Year of the Rooster was launched with great fanfare on January 28, 2017
as the popular Chiang Mai Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival was opened by
Deputy Governor Prajuab Kanthiya, Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn,
and Chinese Consul General Rin Yisheng.
The annual event, which is held by
the Chiang Mai Administration Organization in cooperation with Chiang
Mai Municipality, TAT – Chiang Mai Branch, Chiang Mai Provincial Tourism
and Sports Office, and Chiang Mai Chinese-Thai Association, is a festive
occasion with lion and dragon dancers, beauty contests, performances and
plenty of food.
The event gives the local Thai –
Chinese community a chance to see their rich and long-standing
traditions and the close ties between the two countries. The event,
which ran from January 28 – 31, 2017 was a big hit as tourists and
locals turned out for the Keng Fu show by the Mei Wen team dedicated to
HM King Rama IX, along with the Lion Dance, Fire Lion Show, and Miss
Chiang Mai Chinatown boys and girls contest. The local Soi Lao Jow
community was on hand selling local products as well as a great variety
Deputy Governor Prajuab Kanthiya is joined by Chinese Consul General Ren Yisheng and his wife, Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn and head of Chiang Mai Tourism Authority of Thailand Wisut Buachum.
Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn feeds the lion dancer to bring luck and prosperity for the coming year. (Photo by Chiang Mai Municipality)