2017 / New-designed gigantic Nebuta float to march in Hollywood Christmas Parade for 3.5 miles, Nov. 26

New-designed gigantic Nebuta float with the theme of the 10th century samura legend Sakata Kintoki in light-up. Shown are professional Nebuta float designer Mr. Hiroo Takenami of Aomori City and his staff who came to Los Angeles to create new Nebuta float in October 2017. (Cultural News Photo)

A new-designed gigantic Nebuta float with more than 100 dancers and festival music accompanists will march in the route of 3.5 miles along Hollywood Blvd and Sunset Blvd in Hollywood as part of the 2017 on Sunday, Nov. 26, from 6:00 pm.

New gigantic Nebuta float with the theme of the 10th century samura Sakata Kintoki was created by professional Nabuta designer Mr. Hiroo Takenami and his staff of Aomori City in October 2017 at Aomoti Association Building in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

Free curbside viewing is available along the majority of the route.

This will be the third consecutive year of Nebuta participation to the annual nationally recognized Hollywood event.

Nebuta refers to the float of a brave warrior-figure which is carried through streets while dancers wearing a unique costume dance around in time with the chant of “Rassera” in Aomori Prefecture.

The Nebuta float and dancing parade was introduced to Los Angeles from Aomori City for the first time when the 67th Nisei Week Grand Parade was held on Aug. 19, 2007 with the efforts by Japanese American and Japanese business communities in Los Angeles.

“Kintoki” Nebuta float is the third nebuta designed by Mr. Takenami after the 16th century warload Takeda Shingen float in 2007, and the 12th century figure Yoshitusne crossing the Tsugaru Strait float in 2015.

The 10th century samurai legend Sakatano Kintoki is well known as his child’s name “Kintaro” among Japanese people.

2016 Photo: LA Nebuta float marches in the Hollywood Christmas Parade. (Source: You Tube)

Hollywood Christmas Parade Route