The Lantern Festival Night Parade is held on the second night of the Chiang Mai Lantern Festival. The majority of the parade is made up of walking groups that are representing organizations but there are also floats, figurines and banners that are manually carried by small groups of people.
The parade had periods where the flow came to a stop for long enough that some of the participants sat and rested. This was really not a problem because everyone seemed to be relaxed and it gave the crowd time to interact with the people in the parade and everyone seemed to enjoy having there photo taken.
Banners and Lantern
Most of the parade participants were dressed in colorful clothing and walking in groups. Each group was led by people carrying a banner that identified the group and the group was dressed similarly. In the spirit of the festival many people were carrying lanterns on a stick while others carried additional meaningful items.
It was enjoyable to see the different groups and each time a new group approached there was an anticipation to see how they would be dressed.
Manual Carried Figurines
Intermixed within the group, some groups had small to mid-sized figurines that were manually carried. Some were small enough that two people could carry them but others required a team of people with 20 or more people. Regardless of the size, all of them were carried using bamboo poles.
Of course, there were floats. I always enjoy watching the floats because they are the most elaborately decorated and are usually the highlight of the parade.
One of the things that has always amazed me about Thailand is that the temples are visually overwhelming. There is so much to see that it is impossible to see everything. The floats and some of the manually carried items in the parade were the same. They were filled with colorful decorations that it was hard to see everything.
The predominant theme were the lanterns but there were many other items that were included in the parade. Some of them are shown in the photos below.
The parade was very colorful with a lot of local charm but the buildings along the street added to the atmosphere of the parade as the parade route passed by colorfully lit temples and stores that were decorated with lanterns.
A couple of examples are in my final two photos.