Thursday, April 26, 2018

Cherry Blossom Festival Parade 2018

The annual Cherry Blossom Festival Parade last Sunday featured the usual Princesses...

...young people dressed as anime characters....

...and the proud owners of Shiba Inu dogs.

New to me were these colorful women dancing up the street in stylized fashion...

...accompanied by boys and men who were exuberantly dancing to their own choreography.

The parade route began in Civic Center and marched up lower Polk Street where some of the neighborhood inhabitants came out to watch, including the woman above who was frowning until I asked her if it was okay to take a photo of her "Good Vibes Only" T-shirt.

The smile may also have had something to do with the contingent from the Rosa Parks Elementary School from the Western Addition, which features a Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program.

Performing choreographed routines to prerecorded music from a loudspeaker on a truck, they were adorable.

We marched alongside them up Post Street all the way to Japantown, and couldn't stop grinning.

This is diversity that is actually walking the talk.

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