Every year the city of Kobe has a large festival which is highlighted by a parade.
This year, the parade was on Sunday May 20th.
The Kobe parade is notable for the the variety of participants; government offices, preschools, sports teams, businesses, music groups, marching bands, baton twirlers, dance groups, cosplayers, mascots, military, community groups and ethnic minority groups.
The samba dance group has grown and has become a highlight of the parade with a number of professional groups coming into Japan from abroad and samba groups coming from around Japan.
The following photo journal is the first of a multi-part series of coverage:
|Naval (JMSDF) mascot and a rescue diver.|
|Baton twirling girls.|
|[American] Football mascot|
|Special Olympic group|
|The Xerox J-Stars football team.|
|Chibi baton twirler.|
There is also a photographer on a step ladder.
|Male samba dancer.|
|Samba dancer holding the sign for the Sol Nascente samba team.|
|Samba dancer as a Grim Reaper?|
|Casino theme for this samba dancer.|
|A recurring samba dancer. His photos from last year were on this year's promotional posters.|
|A surprised expression?|
|Many lively poses from one person.|
|A casino theme?|
|A UNICEF mascot.|
|A scouts outfit.|
The headdress would probably be deemed culturally offensive in America.
|The balloons (usually the darker colored ones) were popping constantly under the hot sunlight.|
|Vintage car with a snow-cross filter.|
|Cars on parade|
|Cars on parade.|
The snow-cross filter looks good here.
|Cars on parade|
|A pre-school bus.|
|A marching band in an exaggerated gesture.|
|Hirano street celebrating a 900th birthday.|
|Kiyomon, the mascot for the Hirano shopping street.|