All of the following images are of masses of populus, I kept expecting huge trucks to show up scooping them up and hauling them away. Soylent Green is Japanese people!!
The only action I got to witness were of the occasional ambulance or fire truck inching its way through the crowds.
Apparently there were about a million people in attendance and the city was SO unprepared for it that they didn't block off cross traffic until 2 minutes before the parade in my location and even then the organizers had to cancel 2/6 of the festivals because it wasn't physically possible to showcase them in the parade!
But regardless of all the chaos, I had a wonderful time watching the people wandering about willy-nilly looking for an actual parade and drinking the 4 beers that I'd wisely brought from home. I asked a couple of old ladies to guard my spot while I went to pee and there was NO more beer except for the non-alcoholic sort, what's the point? The old ladies survived their King-of-the-hill ordeal so I gave them a grape juice. Shortly thereafter, they as well as thousands of others gave up.
After the grande melee had subsided, I wound my way down Jojenji and managed to snap a few pics of parading participants and several shots of Tanabata streamers (that were NOT corporate owned!)
I don't know what occurred here but it's a pretty funky shot!
Ya know when I typed in 六魂際パレード RokkonSai into YouTube, this is what I got. Even more evidence that there was NO parade. (Mute first...you've been warned.)