Thailand has never hosted the Olympic Games and they will not for quite some time but for three days last month that would not have concerned the locals in my neck of the woods after witnessing their own mini Olympics.
There are ten villages and seven schools in my Tambon and once a year they have a inter-school sports carnival. This year was the turn of my humble little village and what an event it was!
Such an event that I am going to have to split my report on these mini Olympics into three different parts. This first part being all about the opening parade.
All good Olympics start with an opening ceremony which includes all the athletes marching into the stadium. We may not have a stadium but at about 7.30am on a Wednesday morning we sure did have quite the parade of young athletes marching passed my house on their way to the local school.
Some of the schools had their own school band front and centre belting out a tune as they marched.
I popped upstairs to get a few photos from a different angle.
Some schools somehow managed to afford some nice uniforms and really looked the part.
Money is not quite so flush at our little school as you can see by this photo of our elite athletes!
No money either for any safety marshals so the road was still open to normal traffic.
This young girl grabbed my attention not only for the garish orange outfit but for how focussed she was on the job at hand. She was all business and was cool as ice. I managed to get a few smiles and giggles from just about every other student but not this one.
Like all big events in Thailand, the King and Queen of Thailand kept a close eye on things.
A few weeks previously extra flag poles had been erected at the school – now I knew why.
Instead of a flag carrier leading each
country school they had someone carrying a sign showing the school name.
A few schools went to the effort of dressing up in a certain theme. My favourite were these cowgirls.
Here is the tail end of the parade snaking its way up the road the 250 metres to the school oval. The family and I were not too far behind them as we had a big day planned but I will save that for part two.
Before I go though here is a short video showing part of the parade.