I love a parade, the marching bands, the baton twirlers, the people - I love it all. I love it even more when I know about the parade in advance. Last Sunday I went to Yokohama with my Sony A7II camera and only a 75mm f1.8 Voigtlander (manual focus) lens. I had no idea that there was going to be a parade, I was just planning on trying to create some still life artsy stuff. Well, one has to do what one has to do and I tackled the parade with the equipment I had and these are some of the resulting images.
Every marching band needs a leader.
Parades make me happy!
Crowed control - Yokohama's finest.
The man responsible for keeping the beat.
A flower princes
The boy scouts do not disapoint
From big band to a kazoo in hand, this parade has it all!
I waved at her and she waved back.
A stealthy ninja boy scout works parade security.
The running of the Noge street entertainers
More boy scouts. Looks like some den mothers too!
And now, the running of the... I don't know. Sailors?
Got to have banners
An all girl marching band
Lots of girls
Lots more girls
I'm not the only guy out here swinging a camera.
No parade is complete without flag waving.
No flag is to small
Pom pom girls
Here comes another all girl band
There goes another all girl band.
And, representing China Town, the Chinese dancers!
More crowd control. Lucky for him this crowd is very friendly.
The baton twirler
Leading the way for the last band of the parade.
I think they saved the best for last - this band was incredibly good.
No one was out of step...
And, no one missed a beat.
The end of the parade.
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