The heady fragrance of flowers fills the air in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand in February every year. This is when the greatest flower show in all of Thailand takes place. Sculptures crafted from flowers abound and they come in all shapes and sizes and range from temples, animals and some even depict stories from ancient scriptures. These are paraded down the streets of the town so that all may come and view these works of art. Orchids, chrysanthemums, roses and gladioli are only some of the flowers used for the displays and they come in a number of varieties. Come and take part in this sweet smelling festival in Chiang Mai!
The focus of the Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2017 will be at the public garden of Suan Buak Haad at the southwest corner of the moat. Vendors of plants, flowers, orchids and garden decorations set up their stalls there. It is very colourful.
Highlight of the festival is the Flower Parade which takes place on Saturday morning. The flower parade lines up along Charoen Muang Road, all the way from the railway station to Nawarat Bridge. Typically, the flower parade moves very slowly, and stops frequently. Western-style marching bands from local schools and local drumming groups are interspersed among the floats. Dancers in traditional costumes perform Thai dances, and often those taking part in the flower parade hand out flowers to the spectators. Many of the girls atop the gaily decorated floats and carriages are candidates for the Miss Chiang Mai Flower Festival competition. By late afternoon the really serious part of the festival, choosing the Chiang Mai Flower Festival Queen, begins. Loud rock music and liquid refreshments aid the deliberations. The party goes on into the evening until the Flower Festival Queen is chosen.