Thousands attend Misawa city festival
August 20, 2010
MISAWA CITY, Japan — Thousands of people packed the streets of downtown Misawa for the city’s annual summer festival float parade Friday evening.
“The culture, the people, the food,” said military retiree Richard Masoner, explaining why he attends every year.
The parade passed by American Park outside the Front gate of Misawa Air Base.
The festival continues Saturday with traditional Japanese arts on display in the park beginning at 1 p.m. A costume parade starts at 3 p.m., followed by a dance parade at 4:30 p.m. Portable “mikoshi” shrines will be carried on the route beginning at 5:30 p.m.
On Sunday, a repeat of Friday’s parade will begin at 1:30 p.m.