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A Grand Entrance

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Monday, August 20, 2007, at 09:59AM
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At the 67th Annual Nisei Week Grand parade, the nebuta float carrying a Japanese War Lord danced and dipped into the crowd with the same dexterity as LAPD tow trucks maneuvering around 2nd St with captured parked cars. A cheer could be heard at 2nd and Central while the front of the parade made its away around Little Tokyo with bands, princesses and queens, dance groups, council members and other honored members of community.

The float was brought in from Japan to lift the festival's traditional parade now held at night to showcase the illuminated float, and added a break from heat from the usual daytime route. At the end of the route at 1st and Central, the crowd was buzzing having grabbed a peek at the float before it disappeared behind new buildings, so by the time it rolled into the end of the route everyone was ready with cameras while others gave a polite nod to the paper guest.

More at a flickr set.


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