May 1 marked the final day of the thirteenth annual Kunming International Cultural Tourism Festival, also known as the Kunming Carnival.
As in previous years, each day of the 2012 carnival featured a Grand Parade. Several streets around Cuihu were closed to motorized vehicles to make way for the revelry.
Colorfully dressed ethnic groups from Yunnan and abroad danced down the streets while playing traditional instruments. Those heading up each different section of the parade displayed placards announcing the name of their city or country of origin.
GoKunming was on hand to take in the final day's parade, which began at the Yunnan Military Academy on Cuihu Xi Lu, circled Green Lake Park and finished where it started. Below are some images captured during the event.
Dehong (德宏) was represented by a large group who wore the traditional dress of the Jingpo people (景颇族) and played instruments resembling Scottish bagpipes.
Their flag carrier looked to be in good spirits, leading her people around the lake.
The Turkish Belly Dance Troupe added to the parade's international flavor with their exotic costumes.
Everyone enjoyed the beautiful spring weather.
A parade participant stopped to give GoKunming a smile.
Some families watched the festivities while others got more involved.
This dancer led the delegation from Malaysia.
Meanwhile, a Malaysian warrior kept his eye on the crowd and photographers.
Dai women (傣族) from Xishuangbanna (西双版纳) were easily recognizable in their bright pink apparel.
Their matching oil-paper umbrellas shaded them from the intense Kunming sunshine.
The tempo of the parade was not slowed by the warmth of the day.
There was even a Croatian group present, dancing down the street in pairs, displaying their ethnic garb.
Intricate and ornate headdresses were a common accessory.
Women from Honghe (红河州) sang as they made their way along the parade route.
As with any good parade, the procession finished with a troupe of clowns.© Copyright 2005-2017 GoKunming.com all rights reserved. This material may not be republished, rewritten or redistributed without permission.