By bringing to light a vibrant display of ancient and modern floral art the festival also exemplifies the traditions of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. Economically, the festival also contributes to the city’s growth and development since it advances the horticultural sector and also the tourism sector.
Typically, the first day of the festival involves an agricultural fair as well as the exhibition of floral arrangements and landscaping trends. Subsequent days involve an elaborate display of splendid flower floats, a fair that showcases local works of art, music shows as well as the display of beautiful ornamental plants.
On the Saturday of the festival, there is a large parade that typically takes place from Nawarat bridge to Thapae road, Kotchasarn Road, Changlor Road and then to Arak Road (Nong Buak Haad Public Park). There will be large floats adorned with flowers as well as marching bands, school groups and dancers also taking part. The roads will close leading up to and during the parade, but there are generally police directing traffic away from the festival.
There are also competitions for the most beautiful and creative display as well as the best float. One of the most popular parts of the festival is choosing the Chiang Mai Flower Festival Queen. Deliberations go way into the night with celebrations for the winner.
There will be plenty to eat and drink around the festival and the weather is typically warm during the day and delightfully cool in the evenings. So come on over to the Chiang Mai Flower Festival and enjoy this wonderful cultural event!