Around the country, the start of Songkran is marked with a Miss Songkran beauty pageant and a parade. We had our parade today in Samut Prakan. It wasn’t quite like the parade I wrote about last year (Nang Songkran and her Parade). Back then they had the floats (see pictures) and lots of people walking behind them. There was also plenty of singing and dancing. The parade went from the city hall to the roundabout at Taiban and back again. However, this year the city administration decided to link up the celebrations with the Ancient City. So, everyone did the parade on the back of trucks. Not quite the same atmosphere as they had to travel far. And at speed once they were on the highway.
If you go back and read my blog from last year you will see the legend behind this parade. You will learn about how the god Kabil Maha Phrom lost his head and why each year one of his seven daughters takes turn carrying his head. This year, Songkran starts on a Friday (Thursday 13th April is really new year’s eve) so it was the turn of