Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2007
Get back to 30 years ago, Chiang Mai was facing tremendous changes in the name of modernization. Most of Chiang Mai were concerned that this would definitely damage identity of Chiang Mai. Since The northern Capital known as “The Rose of the North”, Chiang Mai people all tried restoring Chiang Mai centuries old charming by planting flower, orchids, shrubs and blossoming trees throughout the city. Then in 1977, Chiang Mai provincial administration office cooperation with Chiang Mai city Municipality and Tourism Authority of Thailand including other public and private organization joined hands to organize the 1st Chiang Mai Flower Festival Week, from 6th - 12th February. Later in 1978 this festival was changed to the Chiang Mai Flower Festival, and the period reduced to 3 days. The Festival has been held since on the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of February annually. Tourism Authority of Thailand has been recorded this event into festival calendar of event of Thailand as well as has promoted Chiang Mai Flower Festival to overseas. The number of tourists attending this festival was increasingly year by year.
On Saturday morning the procession of glorious decorated floats are opened by parading from Nawarat Bridge over the Ping River to Buak Haad public Park at the south west corner of city moats, where the inauguration of the festival took place. The highlight of this festival is the beauty pageant contests, for Ms Flower Bloom and Ms International Flower Bloom. (The first is for Thai and the second is for foreigner.) There are also the floral exhibitions as well as the exhibitions from private organization, local products fair, flower’s photo and painting contest and musical show in the garden. Most of Major activities are held at Buakhaat Public Park, except the traditional market “Kad Mua” is held in front of the Governor’s residence at the Nawarat Bridge.
Remarked: This year 2007, the Flower Festival will be held occasionally from 1-4 February, 2007 which continue to the Royal Flora 2006.