Plans set for Father’s Day parade, ceremony

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Pattaya is putting the finishing touches on its annual celebration to mark HM the King’s Dec. 5 birthday, which again features a parade, ceremony and fireworks.

The parade will run from Royal Garden to Bali Hai pier with groups lining up starting at 4 p.m. and the procession getting underway at 5:30 p.m. It’s expected the procession will be so long it will stretch back to Central Festival Pattaya Beach.

Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay presides over an organizational meeting for the upcoming Father’s Day parade.Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay presides over an organizational meeting for the upcoming Father’s Day parade.

Floats will carry flower cones and incense trays, followed by school marching bands. In all, 39 organizations will be represented. Everyone participating will receive a national flag.

Traffic on Beach Road will be closed from the Central Road intersection southward from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

At 7 p.m., the public and the parade participants will assemble at Bali Hai Pier, where they will offer their silver and gold flower cones to a portrait of His Majesty, followed by Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and honorary guests, who will do the same.

Performances from various Pattaya schools will follow, along with the singing of the royal and national anthems before a grand fireworks show.