Travelling Northeast: A Colourful Procession In Udon Thani

Udon Thani province. I was there for two days, on a whirlwind trip, trying to explore as much as possible. Weather was perfect, cooling with the whipping northern wind and the heavy clouds above. The procession, on the second day, commemorating the Thai King's 5th December birthday, in the city (more like a large town) was quite fun to watch.

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Performers resting before the march
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Children from Udon Thani schools waiting for the show to start
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Mothers observing their daughters rehearse the dance
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Lonely drum, almost ignored
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Young people in costumes: heavy dose of Chinese influence
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The waiting...
Flags, from clubs and associations. Defining their roots
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Chinese Celestial Dragon in Thailand
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Dragon visits the Thai Buddhist temple
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Music, moving limbs and the procession begins
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Northern Isaan culture influences the costumes 
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Endless stream of dancing girls
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Yellow is the Thai royal colour
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Medics relaxing while enjoying the show
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Non-conformist
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Families, some from surrounding towns, occupied with the performance
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A boy pointing at an expensive "Loong" dragon - 80 baht
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Watchful, over the movements of the performance
Young people building up the momentum 
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Bearded, colourful performers, their routine on the street
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Man sweeps the road, alongside the machinery, as they follow the procession


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