Posted by Jen on 31 October 2007, 7:00 pm
The Phuket Carnival at Patong 2007 was started this morning at 07:00. The event will officially kick off this evening and events will continue for three days. This year’s events are particularly special as they mark the twentieth anniversary of the Carnival.
This morning’s ceremony was mostly religious with local residents offering alms to Buddhist monks as a park on Patong Beach. The ceremony is believed to give merit to those who participate and give food to the monks. Many expatriate residents of Phuket also participate and foreign tourists are also welcome.
Following the ceremony, teams of divers competed to collect the largest amount of underwater trash, engaging in friendly rivalry and helping to clean up the area where many tourists go to swim, snorkel and scuba dive. A total of 24 teams participated in the challenge which took place on Patong Beach.
This evening at 18:00, the Minister of Commerce, Krerk-krai Jiraphate, will be present at the official opening ceremonies of the Carnival. Following the ceremony, a fireworks display on the beach is planned in honor of His Majesty the King of Thailand.
The festival this year will include a beach parade as well as many other activities. The parade, along with many of the festivities that make up Carnival, is known for being colorful and riotous. The parade includes local students and marching bands and is held between 18:00 and 19:00 nightly.
During the day, activities will take place in eight zones around the city on the streets between 13:00 and 22:00. In addition, nightly stage performances and concerts will be taking place nightly on two stages. One stage will be in Soi Bangla and include performances by Thai hip hop artists. Another stage will be on the beach featuring more international dance, music and fashion shows.
Over the next three days, visitors to Phuket are advised to park their vehicles somewhere off the beach road and either walk or use public transportation. Organizers will be on the streets handing out free daily guides and maps with information on parking and other services.