The Chiang Mai Flower Festival is one of the most popular events in a mountainous northern Thailand city, founded in 1296 and famous for its moats and temples. The flower festival usually takes place here during the first weekend of February to mark the end of winter season. The festival is famous for its yellow and white chrysanthemums as well as the Damask Rose, native to the Chiang Mai region. Public garden of Suan Buak Haad at the southwest of the old city is the center of festival events.
The festival incorporates hundreds of different activities connected to beautiful flowers. These include slow flowing parades that are skillfully decorated with flower floats, beauty contests and dances. The venue, as well as all the traditional activities you will find here will strike the imagination with color and fragrance of spring.
The main Flower Parade takes place on Saturday morning featuring dozens of beautifully decorated floats and thousands of costumed participants. Dancers, musical performances and marching bands focus on the theme of spring's nature revival. The flower parade starts along Charoen Muang Road and then moves up Tha Phae Road to Tha Phae Gate.Participants of the parade often hand out flowers to the spectators. Many floats at the parade carry the candidates for the Miss Chiang Mai Flower Festival competition which is followed by a street party and live music concert.