The very first Oedo Kakki Parade took place in 1972 to commemorate the completion of the National Highway.
Every year since, a grand parade of over 2,000 performers departs from Kyobashi Station along Chuo Dori at around 11:20. The first group consists of local organizations and governmental agencies and the second group, departing at around 11:45 is made up of various traditional festival dances from 20 districts all over Japan. The street market features local specialties from prefectures all over Japan. It's a wonderful opportunity to sample delicacies not readily available in Tokyo.
The Nikkyo Parade pays tribute to the history of Nihonbashi, the terminal for people traveling from every corner of Japan via the 5 major highways connected to the capital Edo (now Tokyo). It is a celebration of the same vibrant atmosphere that naturally happens when people come together.