Friday, May 13, 2022

The Yokohama Parade! May 2022

 Yokohama is breaking out from under COVID's dark cloud. It's time for  parade!

I love a parade. I'm always impressed with how well the young people perform. 

These kids must spend hours and hours practicing for these events.

Parades make me happy.

Some of these kids are so young.

I wish there was an adult standing next to this little girl so that in comparison it would be so obvious how small she is.

In this day and age it's amazing that people are still twirling batons. 

I'm impressed!

I never get tired of watching and listening to a marching band. 

Here comes one of the best bands in the parade. There's a reason they get a police motorcycle escort. BTW, those are female police officers on the motorcycles.

This is the Yokohama Police Marching Band.

They are good.

Very sharp and precise in their marching.

They sound amazing.

It's easy to get somewhat emotional watching them perform.

The tuba player is always last.

I decided to move my location to get a better view of the parade. I found myself walking with a group of cheerleaders heading for the parade's starting point. 

I realized that my wife wasn't with me so I went back to get her. No, that's not my wife, she's part of the Coca-Cola marching group. 

These dancing girls are part of the Coca-Cola group too.

It wouldn't be a parade without floats.  

Feathers in the caps.

New location and these are the Korean dancers.

Another baton twirler. 

Bring on the Chinese dancers. 

Now it's time for the wild girls of Isezaki shopping street mall.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I introduce The Boy Scouts!

Some of the Boy Scouts are girls. 

Now for the Cub Scouts.

Here come the Kimono women.

So beautiful.

And, off they go.

It's one band after another, I love it!

Crowd control. 

More baton twirlers. 

She caught it. 

Cheer Up Yokohama! This parade has cheered me up!

The Yokohama Fire Department marching band is just entering the street to form-up for marching.

I think they are the last group to enter the parade.

Last shot of the day: Police are used to control traffic and keep the parade route clear and safe for the people in the parade and all the people watching the parade. It's a big job and the police do a good job of it. Well done to all the police and volunteers who made this parade possible. And, a very special thank you to all the parade participants - they were all fantastic!

Thanks for stopping by!

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