Los Angeles’ version of Songkran Festival took place on April 10th. Matador snapped some photos at the festival, a much more tame version of its Thai counterpart.

ANYONE WHO’S BEEN to Songkran festival in Thailand will tell you one thing: Accept that you’re going to end up soaking wet because even the most innocent looking child has a water gun behind their back, ready to have at you. Los Angeles’ Songkran is less spectacle and much more about a gathering of the town’s Thai population.

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Thai Town on Hollywood Boulevard marks the spot

Thai Town on Hollywood Boulevard marks the spot.

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A proud display of Thai music with beaming elders in the audience.

A proud display of Thai music with beaming elders in the audience.

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Dessert to die for.

Shaved ice with fruit flavoring and sweet, condensed milk.

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Clearly men with swords can cut the coffee line.

Clearly men with swords can cut the coffee line.

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Vendors made papaya salad for the masses, not holding back on the spice factor.

Vendors made papaya salad for the masses, not holding back on the spice factor.

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People walked the street in costume, even at the bus stop.

People walked the street in costume, even at the bus stop.

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Traditional song and traditional outfits.

Traditional song and traditional outfits. Behind? The traditional liquor store.

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Much like in Thailand, health codes seemed to have gone out the window for at least a day.

Much like in Thailand, health codes seemed to have gone out the window for at least a day. Skewer upon skewer of meat was sold.

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Kids had a great time.

Kids had a great time, with many arts and crafts tables just for them.

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Longtime craftswomen proudly displayed their talents in booths.

Longtime craftswomen proudly displayed their talents in booths.

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Advertisers took every advantage, from billboards to sample-giving.

Advertisers took every advantage, from billboards to sample-giving.