2017 Patong Carnival Starts Today With Up To 50,000 Visitors Expected
Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup estimates that some 50,000 people will attend this year’s Patong Carnival 2017, which starts today, November 1st, 2017 and will continue until Friday this week (November 3rd, 2017). The carnival is held annually in Patong to usher in Phuket’s tourism high season, with seafood and surprises among the main attractions of this year’s festivities.
The 2017 edition of the Patong Carnival will run under the theme ‘Amazing Patong’ and will feature a range of stalls selling food and beverages, cultural activities, sports and entertainment. The carnival extravaganza is aimed at bringing maximum fun and a festival-like atmosphere to the island.
The carnival will be opened today by Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong and Mayor Chalermluck at 6:30pm with opening performances starting from 6:40pm. The annual parade, renowned for its stunning costumes and floats, will begin at 7pm. Spectators can enjoy the parade from grandstands located in front of the Patong Beach Hotel.
The parade will be followed by live music performances on the stage two - located in front of the Banthai Beach Resort & Spa - and more performances being presented on the stage one - located at Loma Park - from 8pm until midnight.
On the second day of the carnival (November 2), performances will begin at 7pm and run until midnight on the stages one, two and three. Stage 3 is located at the Sea Pearl Intersection.
There will also be an ‘Amazing Patong Band’ challenge running from 6pm until midnight with bands featuring children up to 16 years of age competing to take the ‘Best Band’ title.
In addition, also on day two, and carrying on into day three, a cooking competition will be held by the Club Chef Patong and Patong Municipality from 2pm to 6pm. Winners of the competition will be presented prizes by Mayor Chalermluck at 6:30pm on Nov 3.
Seafood, OTOP products (One Tambon One Product) and a full range of street food will be available throughout the festival.
Patong Police Chief Col Tassanai Orarigdech has confirmed that tourist and residents in Patong will see three main road closures during the carnival between 5pm and 8pm.
“Only some roads will be closed for the Patong Carnival Parade, which will start from Phra Metta Road and turn right onto Prachanukhro Road and then turn right again onto Thaweewong Road,” Col Tassanai explained. “The parade will continue until it reaches the football field opposite Loma Park,” he continued. “Please avoid these roads. We will have officers on duty to manage the traffic for everyone,” Col Tassanai concluded.