Traditional arts highlight Thai Heritage Day April 2

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Mayor Anan Charoenchasri (right) and Pattaya Cultural Council Chairman Mana Yaprakam (left) announce Thai Heritage Conservation Day April 2.
Mayor Anan Charoenchasri (right) and Pattaya Cultural Council Chairman Mana Yaprakam (left) announce Thai Heritage Conservation Day April 2.

Traditional Thai dress, art, music and dance will be on display April 2 when Pattaya commemorates Thai Heritage Conservation Day.

The date, the birthday of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, was decreed by the Cabinet this year to be a time to honor and preserve traditional Thai values and culture.

Mayor Anan Charoenchasri and Pattaya Cultural Council Chairman Mana Yaprakam met with the heads of various city departments to plan official events for the day.

The celebration begins with a Beach Road parade between Central Road and Central Festival Pattaya Beach with participants decked out in Thai period costumes akin to characters in the historical television drama “Buppaysanniwad”, which is all the rage now with local governments trying to piggy-back on its popular to drive tourism.

Booths around Central Festival will sell arts and crafts, Thai food and sweets all made by Pattaya students.

Others will put on music and dance shows at the stage on the beach at Central Road from 3-9 p.m.