Chiang Mai’s epic annual Flower Festival is all set to bring a kaleidoscope of vivid blooms to the Rose of Northern Thailand next week. The three-day festival will take place between Friday the 7th and Sunday the 9th of February, 2020. The highlight of the festival is the flower parade and this will start at 08:00 in the morning on the Saturday.
The parade typically features a mainstay of 25 or so elegant, flower festooned floats. The floats are themed on a pleasing mix of fantasy, Buddhism and local culture. Musicians playing traditional Thai instruments, dancers clad in olden-style Lanna dress, and marching bands are among the class acts which generally accompany the floats.
The 2020 Flower Festival Parade is scheduled to begin at Nawarat Bridge and then head up Thapae Road to Thapae Gate. At the gate, it swings left and follows the moat around as far as Suan Buak Haad Park. The park is the end point for the parade and the floats are parked up here to allow spectators to take in the full beauty of the sight.
Although the parade is the focal happening of the Flower Festival, it is not the only attraction. Chiang Mai horticulturists lay out their products on stalls around Suan Buak Haad while a beauty pageant, culture and talent shows add to the fun. More details about the Flower Festival and other festivals which take place in Chiang Mai every year are shown on this What’s Up guide.