Chiang Mai City’s Thailand Flower Festival
On the first weekend of February, the city of Chiang Mai celebrates with a colorful flower festival. At the end of the cool season is when these flowers in Thailand are at their best, with the high point of the festival being a colorful parade of magnificently decorated floats held on the morning of Saturday. The floats are covered literally in hundreds of beautiful flowers with beauty queens from northern Thailand sitting atop them. The public gardens and their breathtaking flowerbeds are another main attraction of the festival that make it worth seeing, whose color and elegant displays are maintained until the end of Sunday. The festival also draws people who are looking for a superb culinary experience featuring the flavors of Thailand as well as the opportunity to view the cultural performances that are featured in this annual festival. The exotic orchids, blooms, and flowering plants make up the showcase that both home and garden lovers can appreciate during the temperate cool season of the valley.
Many organizations and sponsoring companies are attracted to the grand parade that is the main highligh of the Chiang Mai Festival, beatifying the floats with many colorful decoration and capturing the imagination of the spectators with elaborate and breathtakingly vivid colors, and sending a very important eco-tourism message in the process as well. Lining up alongside the train station to Narawatt bridge, the Thailand Flower Festival parade starts at 9am, going down along Thapae road, and then turning left, following the moat to Suan Buak Haad City Park. The colorful floats, northern Thai beauty queens, and the hill tribes that make up the parade move at a slow pace, stopping every now and then to give spectators and a fair share of tourists the opportunity to take photographs. The magnificent floats are then placed on display at the Suan Buak Haad City Park and a celebration begins to choose a new Festival Flower Queen for the year.
One can visit the elaborate displays made by landscape specialist for the viewing benefit of the public at the Suan Buak Haad City Park after watching Thailand’s version of the Rose Bowl Parade. Throughout the Thailand Flower Festival, one will find the city completely awash in vibrant colors that reflect the entire spectrum of the rainbow, from the strident red of the poinsettias and electric orange and lilac of the bougainvilleas. The petunias also come in a variety shades ranging from pink, white and purple. The city turns into one giant party, with the festival lasting for the entire weekend for visitors and tourists to appreciate during this particular time of year, making this a major destination for people both locally and abroad.