88 brightly decorated 1.5 metre elephant statues are currently on show at various locations around Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok. The Parade starts at the world-class luxury shopping centre, Siam Paragon from the 1st to 18th December, then Asiatique on the banks of the Chao Phraya River from 20th December to 11th January 2016 and finally Lumpini Park from 18th to 29th January 2016.
The Parade hopes to raise awareness and funds for elephant welfare and conservation projects, through a public online auction and a final selection to be auctioned off by Christies at a gala dinner to be held at Anantara Siam Bangkok. Proceeds from both auctions will be donated to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation.
“The more awareness that is raised on the plight of domestic and wild elephants in Thailand, the better the chances we have for their survival” William E. Heinecke, Chairman and CEO of Minor International, the parent company of Anantara, Hotels Resorts & Spas
The Parade includes an Instagram competition where visitors have the opportunity to win a seven day trip to Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spas resorts in the Maldives. The grand prize winner will enjoy the authentic luxuries of Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort and Anantara Veli Maldives Resort, other prizes include a four day stay at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in Thailand and a 75-cm Elephant Parade statue of the winner’s choice from a selected range of designs.
Famous supporters of Elephant Parade Bangkok include: Hangover 2 star Nirut Sirichanya; Fast and Furious 7 star Tony Jaa; Designer Paul Smith; World Number One DJ, Hardwell; Miss Thailand World, Sirinya Bishop; Artists Elizabeth Romhild, Elsie Evans; Sculptor Gavin Fifield and a wide range of Thai celebrities and artists.