Huge crowds fill beach for Pattaya International Fireworks Festival

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Fireworks from six countries light up the night sky during the International Fireworks Festival.
Fireworks from six countries light up the night sky during the International Fireworks Festival.

Huge crowds packed Pattaya Beach as six countries lit up the sky at the International Fireworks Festival.

Chonburi Gov. Pakarathorn Thienchai kicked off the Nov. 29-30 extravaganza with Mayor Sonthaya Kunplome, followed by a parade with marching bands and carnival acts.

Tens of thousands thronged to the shoreline with those arriving early enough able to put down beach mats. Cameras were everywhere, snapping shots and videos that soon flooded social media.

Fireworks from six countries light up the night sky during the International Fireworks Festival.
Fireworks from six countries light up the night sky during the International Fireworks Festival.

Even more people filled rooftops and sky bars to get birds-eye views of the pyrotechnics with hotels offering special deals on food and rooms.

The night also was filled with music and entertainment on Beach Road. Thai rock bands The Musketeers and Sweet Mullet on Friday night, and Yes’sir Days and 25 Hours put on shows between and after the fireworks from Thailand, Argentina, Canada, Germany, the Philippines, and United Arab Emirates.

Teams from Thailand, Argentina, Canada, Germany, the Philippines, and United Arab Emirates put on a spectacular show.
Teams from Thailand, Argentina, Canada, Germany, the Philippines, and United Arab Emirates put on a spectacular show.
Tens of thousands Thai and foreign tourists and residents filled the beach to witness the event.
Tens of thousands Thai and foreign tourists and residents filled the beach to witness the event.
Security was tight during the shows.
Security was tight during the shows.
The Sweet Mullet concert ended the 1st day’s fireworks shows.
The Sweet Mullet concert ended the 1st day’s fireworks shows.
A parade with marching bands and carnival acts got the proceedings underway.
A parade with marching bands and carnival acts got the proceedings underway.