Each year, over 220,000 people attend this celebration to showcase the Japanese culture and its diversity at the heart of San Francisco’s Japanese-American community.
Grand Parade - April 21st
The parade starts at 1:00p.m. from the Civic Center ending in Japantown. Japanese classical (Buyo) and folk dance (Minyo) groups representing the Bay Area will perform throughout the parade route like a myriad of floating butterflies.
Food booths, cultural performances, martial arts demonstrations, live bands, flower arranging, traditional dance, the annual Queen Program, and more take place over two weekends in April. The colorful costumed Grand Parade begins at City Hall near the Asian Art Museum, a festival partner, and concludes in Japantown’s Peace Plaza.
Due to crowds and street closures, organizers recommend public transportation via Muni bus lines, several of which frequently serve Japantown. For more details on transportation, visit the website or plan your journey online at transit.511.org.