Celebration begins with a parade taking place on the main avenue of the city. Lots of children are usually involved in the solemn procession that makes the holiday even more touching and sincere. Matsubayashi performances, in which participate about 10,000 people, have become traditional for the holiday. It looks simply mesmerizing; all the performers wear beautiful national costumes and all performances are accompanied with national music.
Typically, the parade is held 3 or 4 May; after the official opening of the festival theatrical and musical performances begin. They take place in the open air, so participants of the event have a great opportunity to enjoy the favorable spring weather. Many spectators are involved in recreational activities. The holiday ends late in the evening. By nightfall, locals and visitors gather in the central square to watch the scenic pyrotechnic show.
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