‘Amazing Songkran’ Parade to Hit Sukhumvit Road Saturday Evening

A scene from last year's Songkran warm-up event organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand in Bangkok (Matichon)

BANGKOK — Sukhumvit Road in downtown Bangkok will be the site of a colorful parade on Saturday evening to prep the capital city for the upcoming Thai New Year festival.

Organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the parade will run five kilometers down one of Bangkok’s busiest roads. The procession will start at 5pm in front of the EmQuartier shopping mall and end close to Siam Square at 9.30pm.

The tourism bureau said the parade, officially named Amazing Songkran 2017, will showcase many aspects of Thai culture.

Apparently, parts of the road will be closed to traffic. Commuters are advised to plan their travels accordingly

Contrary to widely reported news that Songkran festivities would be muted in light of the death of King Bhumibol, Songkran water fights will take place as usual when the festival starts April 13. In fact, City Hall has already designated 80 “safety zones” throughout the capital where police presence will be heavy and alcohol will be, in theory, forbidden.

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