After we left the park area, we crossed over to the south side of the moat. Next to IDI, our massage place, we got a small table on a raised platform at a coffee shop. We were ready to sit down and have a drink and it looked like the parade was coming by soon. We sat for quite a long time watching. There were huge gaps between groups/floats -- sometimes 5 minutes or more. They had come quite a long way from the river on the east side of the city.
The floats were covered in flowers, rivals to the Rose Bowl Parade.
|The vanguard -- costumes from various areas|
There were four or five bands all together and they were quite good players. (Not quite like the bands we sometimes hear in India...) No one had Sousaphones; they had to carry regular tubas!
|One of several pairs in costume|
|Long-tailed dresses -- mermaids?|
There were a number of vintage cars, including a few old VW Beetles. Notice the scooters around; they were regular traffic that got through the barriers (which were pretty limited).
|Another band in "country" dress|
About the time the vintage cars came, we got up and headed towards our hotel. We got to see the last few floats just before we left the main street.