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3rd annual Japan Parade

May 11 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Building on the great success of the last two years, the 3rd annual Japan Parade in New York City will be held on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 1:00pm. Starting on Central Park West at West 81st Street and traveling south to West 67th Street, the purpose of the parade is to celebrate, express, and bring awareness to the friendship between NYC and Japan with a thank you from the Japanese community.

This year’s Japan Parade will feature a live performance by the cast of the 2.5-Dimensional show from Japan, “Demon Slayer: The Stage”. “Demon Slayer” is one of the most internationally recognized and popular manga series of all time. The franchise has sold over 150 million copies worldwide. “Demon Slayer,” written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge, was first published in Shueisha’s magazine Weekly Shonen Jump in 2016, where it ran for five years and was serialized in 23 volumes.“Demon Slayer” was adapted into a 26-episode anime series and additional feature length films, of which the title released in October 2020 became the highest-grossing Japanese film of all time. An 18-episode second season of the anime series aired from October 2021 to February 2022, while a compilation film was released in February 2023. An 11-episode third season aired from April to June 2023 while another compilation film was released in February 2024. “Demon Slayer” was Netflix’s most-watched anime in 2023.

The very first Japan Parade and the Japan Street Fair was held in 2022. Actor, author, civil-rights activist, and influencer George Takei was the Grand Marshal for the inaugural parade, while Olympic Gold medalist and author Kristi Yamaguchi was the Grand Marshal for the Japan Parade in 2023. This year’s Grand Marshal will be announced in the coming weeks.

Over the last two years, the parade’s participants have included the cast of “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live and “Live Spectacle ‘NARUTO’” as special guests from Japan, as well as children’s choirs, taiko performers, bon-odori dance and kimono groups, Karate and other martial arts groups, and many more.

More performers will be announced in the coming weeks. The Japan Parade is affiliated with Japan Day at Central Park, an annual event that has taken place in Central Park since 2007.

Activists protesting against attacks targeting Asian citizens and anti-Asian rhetoric have also marched in the parade.

Inosuke Hashibira YUGO SATO
Kyojuro Rengoku HIROSHI YAZAKI
Demon-Slayer swordsmen KENTA HOSHI and MASAHIDE TADAMORE


Japan Day Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is the primary organizer of the Japan Day @ Central Park festivals since 2007, and of Japan Parade and the Japan Street Fair since 2022. Japan Day Inc.’s activities are made possible by the support of the local leading Japanese American companies that compose Japan Day Inc.’s Board of Directors, the Consulate General of Japan in New York, and all the individuals, organizations, and companies that sponsor, donate, or volunteer and be a part of this great celebration.


May 11
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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