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Magcal Report Vol.1 The 65th Yokohama Parade

マグカルレポート Vol.1 第65回ザよこはまパレード

Yokohama Port Opening Commemoration Minato Festival 65th The Yokohama Parade (International Costume Parade)

The Yokohama Port Opening Commemoration Minato Festival The Yokohama Parade (International Costume Parade) is held on May 3rd every year (Naka Ward, Yokohama City). It began on June 2, 1953, the anniversary of the opening of Yokohama Port, as the first urban parade in the country, and this year marks its 65th anniversary. In order to revitalize Yokohama, where post-war reconstruction has been slow, the Yokohama Chamber of Commerce and Industry has decided to take advantage of the fact that Yokohama Port is an international port, to allow foreign residents to participate, and to make it a major specialty that attracts a large number of people to Yokohama. Apparently, it was proposed that an international costume parade be held as an event.

The 1.4km "Kids Parade" mainly features elementary school marching bands, and the 3.4km "Super Parade" features colorful floats (decorated cars), the Kanagawa Prefectural Police Band, idols, cosplayers, and more. Consists of. It is a parade that can be considered a typical feature of Yokohama during Golden Week, starting from Yamashita Park and proceeding to Red Brick Warehouse, Bashamichi Shopping Street, and Isezaki Mall.
With the theme of the flower language of roses, established in 1989 as the city flower of Yokohama, 64 groups and approximately 3,500 people participated this year, and according to organizers, 380,000 people gathered along the roadsides. .
This time, we will be introducing the day's events, which are called the "Yokohama Kawaii Parade," with a focus on local idols from Yokohama and other areas, as well as people dressed up in costumes based on themes such as anime and games, which are Japan's world-famous pop culture. .

"Yokohama Port Opening Commemoration Minato Festival 65th The Yokohama Parade (International Costume Parade)"
May 3, 2017 (Wednesday/Holiday)
[Kids Parade] 10:45am
In front of Yamashita Park (Yamashita-cho, Naka Ward) ⇒ In front of Silk Center ⇒ Yokohama Customs Front Intersection ⇒ Shinminato Bridge ⇒
In front of Red Brick Warehouse ⇒ Bankokubashi intersection
Total length 1.4km
[Super Parade] 11:15am
In front of Yamashita Park (Yamashita-cho, Naka Ward) ⇒ In front of Silk Center ⇒ Yokohama Customs Front Intersection ⇒ Shinminato Bridge ⇒
In front of the Red Brick Warehouse ⇒ Bankokubashi ⇒ Bashamichi Shopping Street ⇒ Isezakicho 1-chome ⇒ Isezakicho 6-chome
Total length 3.4km

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opening ceremony

At the opening ceremony held at the central exit of Yamashita Park, Yokohama Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Takashi Kaminono, Kanagawa Prefecture Governor Yuji Kuroiwa, Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Fumiko, Yokohama Tourism Goodwill Ambassador, Miss Hakodate, Niigata Tourism Goodwill Ambassador, Smile Kobe, and Roman The people of Nagasaki each gave their greetings.

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Miyakoda West Brass Club “Yokohama Verde Viento”

The kids parade begins at Miyakoda Nishi Brass Club "Yokohama Verde Viento". Mainly elementary school students paraded around while dancing and marching band music.

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From left: Kanagawa Prefecture Governor Yuji Kuroiwa, Yokohama Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Takashi Kaminono, and Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Mayorbayashi.

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There is also a balloon with the Magcal logo on the float.

Next up is the Super Parade, which adults can participate in. A total of five large floats operated by the organizers and supporting companies. The float, sponsored by the Yokohama Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kanagawa Prefecture, and Yokohama City, depicts the history and culture of Yokohama through the "flower girls" who flourished when the port opened, and the "balloon" that carries the future of Yokohama. It was an image of fusion.

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“Kiyari Parade” by the Yokohama City Tobibuki Industry Federation (Yokohama Traditional Fire Department Preservation Society)

This is the ``Matoi Kiyari Procession'' by the Yokohama City Tobigi Industry Federation (Yokohama Traditional Fire Department Preservation Society). Kiyari was originally sung as a shout or signal to unite forces when carrying out large trees. I was able to listen to work songs that gave a feel of Japanese history and culture.

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Yokohama Chinese Academy Alumni Association

Next, let us introduce you to our international team. At the Yokohama Chinese Academy Alumni Association, Chinese lion dances and dragon dances appeared along with the sound of firecrackers and smoke. The performance came very close to the roadside, and the audience cheered loudly, with some even having their heads bitten by the lions.

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, “Japan-Korea Friendship Parade for the Success of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”

The Kanagawa Prefecture Regional Headquarters of the Korean People's Association in Japan held a "Japan-Korea Friendship Parade for the Success of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics."

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Galancido (USJ)

Galancido (USJ) performed live singing and samba as a "bridge of friendship from Brazil."

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In addition to the local Yokohama idol "Ponica Road" who participates in the Yokohama Kawaii Parade every year, popular idol groups "Kamiyado" and "Beboga! (Rainbow Conquistadors Yellow Group)" and cosplayers dressed as various characters will be on hand. Approximately 300 people paraded.

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The Yokohama Port Opening Commemoration Minato Festival ``Yokohama Kawaii Park - J-Pop Cuture Festival 2017'' was held at Yamashita Park from the 3rd to the 5th. The food court and many idols performed on stage, exciting the venue.

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From Magcal Editorial Department
Yamashita Park, where the port and ships can be seen and colorful roses bloom, was crowded with people waiting for their turn in the parade and relaxing at the food court. When I pointed the camera at the participants, they struck a pose and showed off their big smiles, and just looking at them gave me a feeling of energy. The parade, which has a rich international flavor and is open to people of all ages, will continue to be a Yokohama tradition for many years to come.

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