The 3rd annual International Lao New Year Festival was held on April 30th, in San Francisco. This year festival was held at the United Nation Plaza, which is about 2 blocks east of the site from 2 previous years. We managed to get there little early this year, as we planned to have lunch at the festival.
As you can see.. the crowd was some what small at that time.
I caught the middle of the show. I'm not sure where this group of youth are from. The performers came as far as Paris, Seattle, and San Diego.This young lady is singing the traditional music.
These ten beauty pageant contestants was rehearsal backstage.
If I can cast a vote.. #5 got my vote:-).
#5 is in the middle of this picture.
10 beautiful young ladies
Throughout the day, there are groups of performer from various Southeast Asian Countries.
I love the color of this group.
These beautiful young ladies performing the classic "Dok Bua Thong" dance.
She have such a beautiful movements. I'm standing so far from the stage and it is hard to take good picture. So many photographers up front by the stage.
These are the judges for all the performances. The whole time I stood at this corner, this particular judge wasn't even paying attention. She was busy texting the whole time.
This young lady perform solo and did awesome job.
I think this performer is from Burma.
Amy Chanthaphavong (Miss Asian American 2009-2010) is the MC of event
Local group of Muay Thai
The master and his student demonstrated for the crowds
Miss Amy Chanthaphavong is introducing all the pageants
New outfits... here are the 10 lovely ladies
She is my favorite to win it all... But, I heard she came 2nd, the winner was announced at Evening Gala event that night.
Of course, no Lao party is without any “lumvong”.