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Moat Flower Festival

From the Suthep Gate on the west side of the old city square, around to the Chiang Mai Gate on the south, there was a floral festival, different from the one out at the Ratchaphruek Exhibition Grounds. It lasted for about a week at the end of January, beginning of February. The inner moat road (Arak Rd) was blocked off late in the afternoon and the party went til quite late. Near the Suthep Gate, there was a group of blind young men who had a band and serenaded. Opposite was a series of businesses who normally sold pets and pet food, so they expanded out onto the street. There was food for sale in pockets, and plants along the moat-side, clowns entertaining, and rickety children's rides in the park at the south-west corner. There was a marvellous display of knitting and crochet outside a wool shop, and a local fashion display. I went several times and bought some (extremely cheap) orchids which I grew in coconut husks until I left CM.

The feature of the festival was the floats, decorated with religious, rural and national themes, all put together from plants, flowers and vegetables. They were extraordinary; totally wild. The skill in putting them together was amazing. There seems to be a local bonsai club, with some gorgeous specimens produced. I loved this particular festival, which, I gather, was a regular occurrence (yearly). I suppose I can't say it was better than any of the others. I wouldn't have wanted to miss Loi Krathong, or the Three Kings' Festival. So, it was was yet another of the highlights in Chiang Mai, of which there are many.
Watermelon Sculptured Flower
Watermelon Sculptured Flower
Gate South of the City
Gate South of the City
Business's Spirit House
Business's Spirit House
Children's Roller-coaster
Children's Roller-coaster
Miles from Home
Miles from Home
Gum Tree
Gum Tree
Bird Feeders
Bird Feeders
Vegetables as Art
Vegetables as Art
Flower Display
Flower Display
Delightful Variety
Delightful Variety
Watermelon Sculpture
Watermelon Sculpture
Flowers from Vegetables and Watermelon
Flowers from Vegetables and Watermelon
Carrot Roses
Carrot Roses
A Garland of Carrots.
A Garland of Carrots.
Carrots as Decoration
Carrots as Decoration
Pumpkin
Pumpkin
Float Detail
Float Detail
Myriads of Daisies
Myriads of Daisies
Small Flower Detail
Small Flower Detail
Fai Photographing the Details
Fai Photographing the Details
Float with Umbrella
Float with Umbrella
Float with Umbrella
Float with Umbrella
Float with Umbrella
Float with Umbrella
Float
Float
Float
Float
Staring down the Dragon
Staring down the Dragon
Detail
Detail
Detail:Side of Float, Offering Alms to a Monk
Detail:Side of Float, Offering Alms to a Monk
Traditional Reverence
Traditional Reverence
Wat Constructed from Flowers, Seeds & Grains
Wat Constructed from Flowers, Seeds & Grains
Rural Sceneof Reverence
Rural Sceneof Reverence
Detail: Side of Float
Detail: Side of Float
Hobby-Horses
Hobby-Horses
Detail of Woman Offering Respect to the King.
Detail of Woman Offering Respect to the King.
The King.
The King.
The King, Looking Pensive.
The King, Looking Pensive.
Rampant Dragon
Rampant Dragon
Side of a Float
Side of a Float
Flower Dragon
Flower Dragon
Flower Dragon
Flower Dragon
Flower Dragon
Flower Dragon
Flowery Dragon
Flowery Dragon
Seeds
Seeds
Float Detail: Thai Script
Float Detail: Thai Script
Float Detail: Thai Script
Float Detail: Thai Script
t4%2f49%2f985549%2f4%2f143892285.CmLipv0P.jpg Flower Peacock
Flower Peacock
Dog of Chiang Mai
Dog of Chiang Mai
People: the Crowd
People: the Crowd
People: Perusing the Displays
People: Perusing the Displays
People: Do I look Good?
People: Do I look Good?
People: Hi Mum!
People: Hi Mum!
People: Unknown Young Lady
People: Unknown Young Lady
People: Elegant Sunshelter
People: Elegant Sunshelter
People: Nam and Rose
People: Nam and Rose
People: Fai Examining the Floral Details
People: Fai Examining the Floral Details
People: Fai, Concentrating
People: Fai, Concentrating
Shoulder decoration
Shoulder decoration
Floral Clown
Floral Clown
Boy Sees Balloon
Boy Sees Balloon
Which One Do You Want?
Which One Do You Want?
Here You Are!
Here You Are!
Street Seller, Slightly Bored!
Street Seller, Slightly Bored!
Bonsai
Bonsai
Bonsai
Bonsai
Bonsai
Bonsai
Bonsai
Bonsai
Bonsai Roots
Bonsai Roots
Begonias
Begonias
Orchids for Sale
Orchids for Sale
Close-up
Close-up
Chilles
Chilles
Chili Pots
Chili Pots
Japanese
Japanese
Pumpkin Pies
Pumpkin Pies
Orange Juice
Orange Juice
Sweets
Sweets
fine Noodles
fine Noodles
Noodles
Noodles
Food: sweets
Food: sweets
Kebabs
Kebabs
Pies
Pies
Merchant and Merchandise
Merchant and Merchandise
Bananas
Bananas
Roasting Squid
Roasting Squid
Barbequed Squid
Barbequed Squid
Pinn Shop Exhibition
Pinn Shop Exhibition
Granny's Kombi Van
Granny's Kombi Van
Granny Squares
Granny Squares
In Front of the Pinn Shop
In Front of the Pinn Shop
I Want One Like This!
I Want One Like This!
Scooter in Winter Woolies
Scooter in Winter Woolies
What D'ye Think of This?
What D'ye Think of This?
It's a Bit Big, GrandPa
It's a Bit Big, GrandPa
Crocheted Flowers
Crocheted Flowers
Having Fun:Fashion Parade
Having Fun:Fashion Parade
Cat-walk Procession
Cat-walk Procession
Practice?
Practice?
Fashion Parade: Preparation
Fashion Parade: Preparation
Pep Talk
Pep Talk
Local Cuties
Local Cuties
Just Fluff
Just Fluff
Funky Music
Funky Music
Welcoming Band
Welcoming Band
Entrance
Entrance