Elephant parade Ms Songkran
Elephant name: Ms Songkran
Artist: Diana Francis
Parade: Traveling Herd Asia
Inspiration: “The name of my elephant is “Ms. Songkran”, and the inspiration draws upon the Thai New Year celebration, which is the Songkran festival. During Songkran, locals use water to wash away the bad energy that’s accumulated over the previous year, giving the chance of a fresh start for the coming year. So it’s a fun festival, with lots of water, and people have a lot of fun.”
All Elephant Parade replicas are carefully handcrafted in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Due to its handcrafted nature each piece is unique and might vary slightly in design.
Elephant parade events
Elephant Parade is a social enterprise and runs the world’s largest art exhibition of decorated elephant statues. Created by artists and celebrities. Each Elephant Parade statue is a unique art piece. International cities always exhibit the life-size elephants and raise awareness for the need of elephant conservation.
20% of Elephant Parade net profits are donated to elephant welfare and conservation projects.
2006 was the first elephant parade event by Marc Spits and his son Mike. The inspiration came from Marc Spits’ visit (while logging in Myanmar) to the elephant hospital in Thailand, which constructs prosthetic legs for elephants that encounter landmines. There he saw Mosha, a baby elephant who lost her foot when only seven months old. Thus the idea of the event came to existence.
Did you know?
Elephant Parade is the second largest public art event in the world. Since 2007 there have been events worldwide in 30 cities. More than 3,000 artists have produced more than 2000 unique works of art.