New Meeting: Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Grand Parade

From: Reese
Sent on: Tuesday, April 8, 2008 12:04 PM
Announcing a new meeting for The South Bay Photography Meetup Group!

What: Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Grand Parade

When: Sunday, April 20, 12:30 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Who should come: Photographers interested in festival photography. Bring your flash to help with the lighting as shadows can be a problem.

Why: Get out and shoot exciting festival photos. There will be colourful costumes and great energy!

Meeting Description: From the website:

The Cherry Blossom Festival Grand Parade will be held on Sunday, April 20, 2008.

The parade begins at the Civic Center at 1:00p.m., proceeding up Polk to Post Street, and ending in Japantown at Post and Fillmore streets. A number of performers from Japan will also grace us with their presence. Japanese classical (Buyo) and folk dance (Minyo) groups representing the Bay Area will perform throughout the parade route like a myriad of floating butterflies. Highly honored Boy Scout Troops from the Japanese American communities will march proudly along the streets. Streams of colorful floats will be carrying young women representing Japanese American and other Asian communities.

World renowned San Francisco Taiko Dojo will keep the parade upbeat with the thundering sound of the taiko, and this year's Queen and her Court will cascade their way to Japantown. Anchoring the parade is the exciting Taru Mikoshi, that will be hoisted by over one hundred strong individuals from throughout the Bay Area. It is a spectacle not to be missed.

Meetup Details

We will meet at 1pm at Cafe Hana, located inside the Kintetsu Mall. The parade will start at 1pm at Civic Center and arrive in Japantown approximately 2:30-3pm. There will be plenty of things to shoot while we wait for the parade to arrive, as there is a craft fair, numerous booths, probably plenty of people wearing yukata, taiko performers, etc.

We will reconvene after the parade at Cafe Hana at approximately 3:30pm to discuss the event and share our experiences (and have some coffee and/or desserts).

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