Today marks the 55th Anniversary of Cambodia’s Independence from France and Cambodia threw a heck of a party. This included a parade featuring elaborately decorated floats and everyone dressed to the nines. I had a front row seat for part of the parade so you can be a virtual bystander and watch the floats go by after the jump.
Above: People assemble in neat rows before the parade starts marching.
Below: There was a lot of waiting around before things got moving.
Here is part of the Minsitry of Economy Float that had charts and graphs on Cambodia’s growing economy!
Here’s a float from a bank proclaiming the strength of Cambodia’s mighty Riel!
The Ministry of Transportation Float was one of my favorites. The background moved so it looks like the cars and trains were traveling through the Cambodian countryside.
This float is for the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications. It’s hard to tell but there is a giant phone, post office box, and people sitting at laptops.
The Ministry of Tourism shows off one of their new logos.
Apsara Authority had a replica of an Angkor temple on their float.
This float is for the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning, and Construction. Nice Total Stations!
The Ministry of Cults and Religions had several floats and a band!
There was a nice parade of people with the floats including the Cham (below).
The Ministry of Information Float
The Cambodian Red Cross was there to help people who fainted from the heat.
The Ministry of Health had a mock clinic complete with couple who just had a baby.
And some informative signs!
This was for the Ministry of Veteran’s Affairs and Youth Rehabilitation. It was one of the few floats that was covered so people didn’t wilt from the heat.
This is for the Ministry of Labor
This was for Women’s Crafts (Women helping themselves)
Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports
This is for CMAC one of the mine clearing agencies (the photo on the pillar is of the King in his CMAC gear).
The even had their mine-sniffing dogs!