The parade begins at the Civic Center at 1:00 p.m., proceeding up Polk to Post Street, and ending in Japantown at Post and Fillmore streets. A number of performers from Japan will also grace us with their presence. Japanese classical (Buyo) and folk dance (Minyo) groups representing the Bay Area will perform throughout the parade route like a myriad of floating butterflies.
Highly honored Boy Scout Troops from the Japanese American communities will march proudly along the streets. Streams of colorful floats will be carrying young women representing Japanese American and other Asian American communities.
World renowned San Francisco Taiko Dojo will keep the parade upbeat with the thundering sound of the taiko, and this year's Queen and her Court will cascade their way to Japantown. Anchoring the parade is the exciting Taru Mikoshi, that will be hoisted by over one hundred strong individuals from throughout the Bay Area. It is a spectacle not to be missed.
Questions about the grand parade can be submitted to:
Volunteers Needed to Carry Kanda Mikoshi (small shrine)
We are seeking about 60 people to help carry the kanda mikoshi during the parade. Registration is at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 22, in front of the California Bank and Trust office on Post Street. If interested, please contact Satoru Kadota at (415) 298-4637.