Bo Sang is village in the outskirts of Chiang Mai, Thailand, filled with umbrella shops, silversmiths, artists, and other artisans. And every year, they hold a very popular Umbrella Festival.
I got to attend the first day of the 33rd Umbrella Festival on January 15th, 2016 and below are some of my photos from the festival.
It was nice way to spend a few hours – the festival is not very touristy and is filled with locals. But there also wasn’t that much to see beyond the parade, floats, bands, food stalls, and of course umbrellas!
The women line up and ride bikes down the middle of the street while holding up their umbrella – we think the woman dressed in white with the crown is last year’s pageant winner. This starts the Friday parade off – check out the video at the end.
An all-women brass band follows the bike-riding umbrella-holding beautifully made-up women. Here’s a video of the band playing:
Then came the beautiful floats – decorated with lots of umbrellas!
The streets are lined with food stalls.