During the parade, the participants would stop at significant locations and beat the ground with their whips and axes - lots of firecrackers and yelling fiercely. That got rid of a few tourists, let alone demons.
I followed the procession for a little way - firecrackers and dragons, to chase away any more demons who happened to have been missed by the bashing, and also to appease the Gods.
Every shop we passed had a special display out front with offerings...
This is just a Thai fire engine - I thought it was beautiful. And while I was hanging around - I visited the market (I adore wondering around markets - admiring displays of food, enjoying the exotic colours, smells - fantastic places).
Then I realised I'd better get a move on if I was to make it to the airport which was a good 30+miles away. As it was, I missed the airport bus by just 5minutes and they only left the bus terminal hourly - I decided to go for another moped taxi, as I might not be allowed on the airplane if I waited for the next bus. 300 baht got me a numb bum and vibrated to hell - but I made it to the airport in record time (beat the bus I'd missed!). Here is pic of the man who bravely took me all the way - hoisting my rucksack off the moped!