Patong Carnival ready to rock Phuket

PHUKET: Phuket’s premier tourist party town of Patong is gearing up for its annual carnival to be held from December 15-20.

Run by the Patong Municipality, the annual festival draws thousands of travellers from all over the world and marks the start of the high season in Phuket, which traditionally runs from December to February.

Much of the entertainment will be on two stages. Stage one will be a beachfront stage next to the police box at the end of Soi Bangla.

Stage two will be at the football pitch next to Loma Park.

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For those interested in getting involved in the festivities, here is the latest schedule released by Patong Municipality for this year’s event:

December 15

9am. Ceremonial food offerings to monks at Loma Park

10:10am. Vendors at Loma Park open

5pm. The Patong Carnival Parade. The president of ceremonies and honored guests will arrive at Stage 1 in preparation to view the parade. The parade will start from Phang Muang Sai Kor Road and continue on Prachanukhro Road. It will then travel along Thaweewong Road (the beach road) until it reaches the football pitch next to Loma Park.

7:50pm. Opening ceremonies for Patong Carnival 2011

8pm. Stage 1: Live concert by popular Thai country music singer Tai Oratai, and traditional performances by students from Wat Hui Pom Nok Municipality School in Songkhla.

Stage 2: Live concert by artists sponsored by Thailand drinks magnate ThaiBev

December 16

“Beautiful Beach & Clear water; Patong cares for the environment”

8am. Massing of divers and volunteers for underwater cleanup, with the meeting point next to the beachfront stage located opposite Patong Seafood Restaurant.

9am. Opening ceremony for “Saving the Environment on Patong Beach”

From 7pm. Stage 1: Traditional performances by students from Wat Hui Pom Nok Municipality School in Songkhla; concert by Thai country singer Jukkachan Wunwisar and popular Bangkok rock band Am Fine.

From 9pm. Stage 2: Live concert by artists sponsored by ThaiBev

December 17

From 7pm. Stage 1: Traditional performances by students from Tah Sala Prasit Suksa School in Nakhon Sri Thammarat; concert by Thai country music singer Ying Thittikarn and rock band I-Nam.

From 9pm. Stage 2: Live concert by artists sponsored by ThaiBev

December 18

From 7pm. Stage 1: Traditional performances by students from Tah Sala Prasit Suksa School; live concert by Earn The Star, Thai rock country music star Vit Hyper and Thai country music star Ekkachai Sirichai, famed for singing in the Southern Thai dialect.

From 9pm. Stage 2: Live concert by artists sponsored by ThaiBev

December 19

From 7pm. Stage 1: Traditional performances by Hantao Rungseeprachasun School from Phatthalung; concert by Mike Peerumporn and Parn Thanaporn.

From 9pm. Stage 2: Live concert by artists sponsored by ThaiBev

December 20

From 7pm. Stage 1: Traditional performances by Hantao Rungseeprachasun School; fashion show and mini-concert sponsored by Quiksilver

From 9pm. Stage 2: Live concert by artists sponsored by ThaiBev

— Anchisa Buajoom

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