Festival: Haritsuna Shrine, first Saturday and Sunday of April every year
Designation: “Inuyama Festival Float Parade”, a national important intangible folk cultural property
Origin: The festival parade began in Shimohommachi and Uoyacho in 1635.
Comment: There are thirteen Inuyama-style three-story floats, and all of them feature the operation of karakuri puppets passed down from the Edo period. The karakuri puppets are operated at the shrine, and the large floats are turned around using a swift maneuver called donden. At night, the 365 lanterns that cover the sides of each float are lit up as they are paraded through the narrow castle town streets. It is quite a pageantry-rich sight to behold.