Big Apple Celebrates Japan with Third Annual Parade

New York City, NY – May 12, 2024 – Thousands flocked to Manhattan’s streets on Saturday for the 3rd annual Japan Parade, a vibrant celebration of Japanese culture and the strong bond between Japan and New York City.

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Around 100 groups participated in the parade, which snaked its way through the Upper West Side. The event showcased a dazzling display of Japanese traditions, from the booming rhythms of taiko drums to the graceful movements of dancers in colourful kimonos.

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A special highlight was the appearance of actors from the popular “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” stage adaptation, thrilling fans with a glimpse of their favourite characters.

This year, a delegation from Yamaguchi prefecture, recently featured in The New York Times’ “52 Places to Go in 2024”, also joined the festivities. Yamaguchi Mayor Kazuki Ito even donned a costume from the region’s historic Yamaguchi Gion festival, adding a touch of historical flair to the parade.

The Japan Parade is more than just a spectacle. It serves as a bridge between cultures, fostering appreciation for Japanese art, music, and cuisine. Food vendors offered delectable Japanese treats, while booths displayed traditional crafts and information about Japanese travel destinations.

The event’s success reflects the growing popularity of Japanese culture in New York City. With its enthusiastic crowds and vibrant atmosphere, the Japan Parade promises to become a cherished annual tradition.


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