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Okinawa International Carnival 2016

Venue
Around Gate 2 Street
Date
2016.November 26 (SAT) ~ 2016.November 27 (SUN)
Fee
Free

It’s time for the annual Okinawa International Carnival and Gate 2 Festival--an event full of international flair and one of many held in Okinawa City that celebrates diversity. Gate 2 Street will be blocked off during this two-day event.
About 2000 people participate in the festival's main attraction, the giant tug-of-war, which involves pulling on an approximately 10-ton, 80-meter long rope (over 87 yards). Okinawa City’s U.S. military neighbors volunteer and participate in the friendly battle between east and west every year, and help bring excitement in the air.
The carnival parade includes organizations and groups that have signed up to participate. What is a carnival without samba dance? Come enjoy performances by local samba dance groups, as well as other live entertainment!
Japan’s very own Santa Claus (officially certified by the Greenland International Santa Claus Association) will be coming to town as well! It’s an event the whole family can enjoy!

November 26 (SAT)

OKINAWA INTERNATIONAL CARNIVAL 

【Music Town 1F】
11:00-/ Opening Ceremony
12:00-/ Koza Star Certification Ceremony
15:30-/ “Mystery Hunting” Opening
16:00-/ FC Ryukyu Soccer Event
17:00-/ Samba Performance ※Subject to change depending on weather.
18:30-/ Reveal of “Mystery Hunting” Answers
20:00-/ Music Entertainment by Trickstar Goonies

【Gate 2 Street】
11:00-13:00/ Youth Soccer PK Tournament
13:00-14:00/ RUN-TOMO
15:00-16:30/ Carnival Parade
16:30-18:00/ Carnival Parade Performance Contest
18:00-20:00/ International Giant Tug-of-War

【Route 330】
14:30-16:30/ Carnival Parade

November 27 (UN)

GATE 2 STREET FESTIVAL

【Music Town 1F】
15:00-16:00/ Dance Performance by TRIBE-R
16:00-17:00/ Santa Claus Event
17:00-19:00/ Tropical Performance
19:00-20:00/ Music Entertainment by Misutta Children
20:00-21:00/ Music Entertainment by REVERSE

【Stage A】
14:00-/ Arm Wrestling Tournament
16:00- Free-Style Rap Battle

【Stage D】
13:00-13:30/ Bike Parade
14:00-/ What’s Up Akemi Dance School Performance
16:00-/ Kids Street Dance Battle

【Stage E】
14:00-19:00/ Band Performances, Bike Awards Ceremony

Contact

Gate 2 Street Festival Executive Committee: 098-989-3420

Main events

carnival parade カーニバルパレード

Carnival Parade

Local companies, organizations, clubs and dance troupes, as well as Okinawa City’s international residents participate in this community-style parade. Each team promotes their group as they walk through downtown. With performances and contests included in the program, the parade is a special part of the event that attracts a large crowd every year.

国際大綱引き

International Giant Tug-of-War

《Length: 90 meters/ Weight: 8 tons/ Production Period: 2 months》
It’s Okinawa International Carnival’s main event! When the friendly battle begins, the local and international community work together and pull to the sound of “Hii-ya! Hii-ya!” What an amazing experience!!

バイクパレード

Bike Parade

Over 300 motorcycles, bike riders and fanatics rally in Gate 2 Street! The deep rumble that fills the street is a spectacular part of the event. Starting with Harley-Davidsons, the parade also includes sports bikes and classic motorcycles. It is a must-see event for any motorcycle enthusiast.