I recently told you about all of the getting wet-ness New Year celebrations in the streets of Luang Prabang, but aside from all of the water guns and buckets of water, there is one major event in the town that draws a massive crowd of locals and tourists every year, and that’s the Lao New Year Parade. In Laos, New Year celebrations extend over three days officially, although in reality they last a lot longer, and the parade takes place on the main street in Luang Prabang on the third and final day of celebrations.
The parade is hella awesome, and basically functions as a showcase for all the amazing things that Laos brings to the table. So during the parade you will of course see many monks, you will see people walking in the parade dressed in traditional clothing because they are representing a particular tribe or region of Laos, and you’ll see people on the back of trucks, hand weaving silk while getting pelted with water. The parade also features more contemporary ideas of Lao culture, and I was really happy to see men and women walking side by side in the parade representing the Lao construction industry. There also seemed to be a no-smoking lobby in the parade, which was a little strange, and my favourite of all – ladyboys!
I thought that the parade might be a time when the crowds would put down their super soakers, but that is just not the way it goes, and everybody walking in the parade got absolutely soaked and were wished a happy new year by the thousands of people in the crowd. Here are some photos from the Lao New Year parade in Luang Prabang.