Ubon's famous Candle Parade began during the reign of King Rama V, when the appointed governor decided the rocket festival was too dangerous. The original simple designs have since grown (with the help of internal frames) to gigantic, elaborately carved wax sculptures. The parade is part of Khao Phansaa (the start of Buddhist Lent).
Prize-winning candles go on display along Th Srinarong next to Thung Si Meuang for three days after the parade and most of them will be parked at the city's temples (Wat Si Pradu and Wat Phra That Nong Bua are two of the better places to look) until the next June when the wax is melted down to construct a new one. The festival is very popular with Thai tourists and the city's hotels are booked out long in advance.