Thousands of Thai anti-government protesters are in Bangkok ahead of a planned shutdown of the capital.
Protesters vow to block off 20 key intersections in the city on Monday in an effort they hope will finally bring down Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her government.
Despite recent deadly violence, demonstrators were in a festive moods – singing, dancing and playing music
Protesters have been rallying on the streets of Bangkok since November and have already temporarily occupied government office compounds.
Eight were killed, including two policemen and several were injured in recent weeks.
Yingluck dissolved the lower house of Parliament in December and called for snap elections on February 2 as a result of protests.
Demonstrators, however, have demanded no election be held until an appointed government implements political reforms.