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Chinese New Year in Nakhon Sawan Part 5: Day Parade

Finally, the last of my Chinese New Year in Nakon Sawan, Thailand series!

Following on from the night parade of February 12 was the day parade the entire next day in sweltering heat and humidity.

For my earlier posts, check out: Lanterns, Dragons and DancersChinese Opera; and Chinese Lion Dance.

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Chinese New Year in Nakhon Sawan Part 4: Night Parade

Every Chinese New Year in Nakhon Sawan city a giant, glowing dragon tears gracefully through the streets parting the crowds, twisting and writhing its way up a towering, swaying bamboo pole before finally sinking into the murky waters of the Chao Phraya River.

Extravagant parades of florid floats and martial art displays, angels and goddesses, dancers and musicians fill the streets while Chinese lions perform ritual dances on the ground or leap dramatically from one vertical rod to another.

Here are some of my photos from the evening parade of February 12 that ran from 6 p.m. to midnight.

For my earlier Chinese New Year in Nakhon Sawan posts check out: Lanterns, Dragons and DancersChinese Opera; and Chinese Lion Dance.

A belated Happy Chinese New Year!

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Chinese New Year in Nakhon Sawan Part 3: Chinese Lion Dance

Youths clad in garish Chinese lion masks and costumes prance nimbly, leaping in the air, twisting and rolling over on the ground in the ritualistic Chinese lion dance of Chinese New Year.

Bowing, they enter stores and homes bestowing good luck and receiving red envelopes of cash in their mouths from proprietors. The clash and beat of symbols and drums, the eardrum shattering crackle and acrid smoke of firecrackers deafen and choke in the stifling heat.

I followed different groups of Chinese lion dancers around the streets of Nakhon Sawan in central Thailand, photographing their colorful and energetic displays.

Check out my posts on Chinese opera and other Chinese New Year events.

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