Planning begins for Pattaya Vegetarian Festival

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Planning has begun for the annual Pattaya Vegetarian Festival with organizers and city officials cementing the route for the Oct. 12 opening parade.

Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon chaired the Aug. 19 planning meeting that covered parade preparations and security.

Three roads will be closed progressively for the procession from 12:30-3 p.m. – Beach, Second and Central roads.

The parade will set off from Bali Hai Pier through Walking Street where the parade will separate into two groups. One section will proceed onto Beach Road and take a right turn on Central Road and stop at the Tops Supermarket on Second Road for the performance of dance shows.

Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon (background) and Sawang Boriboon Foundation director Prasit Thongtithchareon (right) preside over the preparations meeting for this year’s Vegetarian Festival in October.Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon (background) and Sawang Boriboon Foundation director Prasit Thongtithchareon (right) preside over the preparations meeting for this year’s Vegetarian Festival in October.

The second group will turn right up South Road and turn left onto Second Road, stopping at Mike’s Shopping Mall for a dragon and lion dance show.

Both parade sections will join again at the Central-Second roads intersection and proceed as one onto Soi Buakaow. The parade will come to an end as it reaches Third Road.

Parade participants will then hop on a bus to Wat Sanwangfa in Naklua to form another parade, which will go through the Naklua Market and proceed on to Lan Po Public Park where religious ceremonies will take place.

The group finally will proceed on to the Sawang Boriboon Foundation where dragon shows, traditional dances, acrobats and more will perform.

The vegetarian festival runs Oct. 12-22.