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10,000 to dance Eisa on Naha Streets

Date Posted: 2003-07-18

The largest Eisa Parade in Okinawa, the annual 10,000-dancer Eisa Parade, is scheduled to take place along Kokusai Street in Naha on Aug. 3, starting at 3 p.m. The parade caps a week-long 2003 Summer Festival that opens on Sunday, July 27 at Palette Kumoji, and continues the following Thursday through Sunday. All events take place either on Kokusai Street or on the plaza in front of the Palette Kumoji Building. The events consist of Eisa performances by various groups and other folk entertainment.

The main event, the 10,000-dancer Eisa will see dancers from 56 different Eisa groups, including those from Osaka, Kyoto and various locations in Kyushu, Hawaii and America, to march and perform along the Kokusai Street. Other entertainment includes a live concert by Begin, one of Japanís hottest bands.

Organizers expect a crowd of more than 250,000 people to line up the streets during the parade. Memorabilia of the event including Taiko Drums (\1,000), T-shirts (\1,500) and full color program booklets (\100) are for sale during the week at Ryubo and Mitsukoshi department stores. The alternative date for the event in case of a typhoon is Aug. 24.

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