Pattaya’s Chinese New Year celebration will be so big, it spans two locations over two days.
Ornwara Kornpin, director of the Tourism Promotion Department, announced the Jan. 27-28 festivities set for Bali Hai Pier and Walking Street at a colorful news conference Jan. 18.
The two-day event begins at 9 a.m. Jan. 27 with a worship services for Chinese deities at Pattaya City Hall, the Prince Chumphon Monument on Pratamnak Hill and at the Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation.
The real celebration begins the next day at Bali Hai from 3:30-11 p.m. and on Walking Street from 8 p.m. until midnight.
At Bali Hai, children will compete for 80,000 baht in scholarships in the Chinese Boy & Girl Pageant. Other events include a Shaolin martial arts group putting on a Kung Fu show, traditional dances and a concert from R-Siam country music label artist Kluay.
The stage on Walking Street will host a variety of traditional dance shows, greasy pole climbing, a dragon dance show and more.
Attendees to the news conference got a taste of what is to come with Pattaya students doing stage shows in Chinese dress and dragons dancing for the crowd.