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December 28, 2015
The Elephant Parade
Pack your trunk, because Nellie and co have said goodbye to the circus and hello to Bangkok this December with the annual Elephant Parade putting on a spectacular urban safari.

Get up close and personal with a handsome herd of 88 1.5m elephant statues, primped and painted by artists and celebrities, which will be exhibited throughout the city in a vibrant display of creativity and charity.

Drawing generous crowds vying for photos, it’s the first time the four-legged phenomenon has reached the Thai capital after being conceptualised in Lampang in 2006. The idea came about when founder Marc Spitz was inspired by the rehabilitation of injured baby elephants – in particular, seven-month-old Mosha, whose statue now stands among the lineup in a different city each year.

Another stellar standout gracing the Bangkok exhibit is the dashing MeeSook – meaning “enjoy happiness” in Thai – the collaborative cabochon of The Peninsula Bangkok and celebrated Thai artist M.L. Chiratorn Chirapravati. Sporting fine florals and a signature Peninsula pageboy cap, the flappy-eared fellow follows on from an exhibition of brightly painted elephant artworks hosted at the hotel earlier this year.

The ‘parade’ will make its way from Siam Paragon, up to Asiatique and finally on to Lumpini Park by the end of January, after which each piece will be auctioned off to raise money for the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation who support Thailand’s gentle giants. Make tracks!
Siam Paragon / 991 Rama 1 Rd / Pathumwan / 1-18 Dec, 2015

Asiatique / 2194 Charoenkrung Rd / Wat Prayakrai / Bangkor Laem / 20 Dec, 2015 – 11 Jan, 2016

Lumpini Park / Rama IV Rd / Pathumwan / 18-29 Jan, 2016