|| This drum parade is held
annually on the third Sunday in October as part of the Matsue Festival, the largest festival
of the Matsue Shrine. This parade dates back to 1724, when the 5th Matsudaira
Lord, Nobuzumi, married the imperial princess Iwahime. When Iwahime came
from her native Kyoto to Matsue, the people of Matsue are said to have welcomed
her by beating large drums they had made for the special occasion. On the
day of the parade, two large drums, each measuring 2 meters across, are
placed on a float. Energetic young people beat the drums skillfully as dozens
of children dressed in traditional happi coats pull the float as the parade
moves through the participantsf home areas, and then through the city center.
The parade is a popular autumn tradition of the Sannin District.