International Fireworks Festival returns June 8-9

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Ornwora Kornpin (center) announces the revival of the Pattaya International Fireworks Festival.
Ornwora Kornpin (center) announces the revival of the Pattaya International Fireworks Festival.

The Pattaya International Fireworks Festival returns this month, exploding in the summer for the first time June 8-9.

Canceled in 2016 due to the royal mourning period and in 2017 after the Interior Ministry nixed its budget, the popular event will unfold again on Pattaya Beach, but this time in June instead of the traditional late November.

Tourism Promotion chief Ornwora Kornpin said May 22 that the “World of Color” pyrotechnics show will begin each night at 7:30 p.m. with participants from Brazil, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

In between exhibitions, attendees will be entertained by concerts from Thai bands including Big Ass, Modern Dog, 25 Hours and Playground.

The entirety of Beach Road will be closed from 3 p.m. to Midnight both days and security will be strict, with police, soldiers and volunteers searching bags and maintaining two emergency response stations.