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Hagoromo Festival to try again this weekend

Date Posted: 2007-08-16

After being canceled last weekend because of heavy rains, the 30th annual Hagoromo Festival is taking another shot at filling Seaside Park with more than 100,000 this weekend.

Sponsored by Ginowan City, the two-day event kicks off at 3:45 pm Saturday. A Hagoromo drum show takes center stage at 4 p.m., followed by Kids Eisa, both aimed at building excitement for the Ginowan King Satto Costume Parade beginning at 5:10 p.m.

The parade travels the Kankaimon Street route just outside the convention center complex, moving into the festival area at the Kankaimon Gate. Hundreds will participate in the parade, including eisa groups, while still others dress up for the costume element. And of course, there’ll be dances, dances and more dances. Organizers are calling it the ‘dance of 10,000 people’ and will include the traditional Okinawa dance, Kacha-shi, lion dances, drum dances, street dances and hula-hura.

As the parade winds its way into the main area north of the convention center buildings, Emi Tawata will be performing, joined then by both men’s and women’s Eisa demonstration teams. The King Satto parade is so large, it’s expected to take nearly three hours for everyone to fill the festival grounds.

The 30th anniversary stage show features Keiko Higa & Shubeez, Shunichi Irei and Johnny Ginowan in the first performance running 6:50 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hidekazu headlines the second show with his band, along with Coina, Sinsaku Ikeda and Kenichi Shiroma performing until fireworks begin about 9:10 p.m. At the nearby open air theater, Music Festival 2007 Live will offer still other entertainment.

The Hagoromo Festival Sunday begins with spray art at 11 a.m., followed by nine college festival groups performing on the main stage starting at 12:50 p.m. For the adventurous, there’s even a Hagoromo Arm Wrestling competition beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Hagoromo bull fights will take place in the afternoon, but not at the Seaside Park. The action centers on the Akamichi Bull Ring, starting at 1 p.m.

The evening fills with a Kacha-Shi contest and additional entertainment. Throughout the festival there’ll be the usual food, souvenir and amusement booths scattered around the grounds. Fireworks Sunday are expected to be launched about 9 p.m. The official festival hours are 3 p.m. to 9:10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

From northern military bases, travel south on Highway 58. Immediately after passing Camp Kitamae Gate, look for Convention Center signs and turn right. Convention Center and festival site are about three kilometers south. Coming from Camp Kinser and Naha, travel north on Highway 58. At signs for Makiminato and Convention Center, turn left. Site is about 1.5 kilometers away.

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