Okinawa International Carnival
The Okinawa City International Carnival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24th and the 25th. The venue will take place along Gate 2 Street and Koza Music Town. Admission is free.
The International Great Tug-of-War, Carnival Parade, and The Samba Queen stage events are the high points for Saturday. Although the tug-of-war rope at this event is smaller than the big Naha Tug-of-War, the fun is just as grand.
The International Carnival also features an international parade with participants from various countries, including the United States and the Philippines, who will showcase cultural performances found in their respective countries.
Furthermore, motorcycle riders from all over the island will assemble on Gate 2 Street on Sunday. The street will be closed to traffic and is expected to pack some 200 bikes for the occasion. The annual Gate 2 Festival normally gathers more than 200 rumbling — and somewhat loud — Harley Davidson motorcycles at the venue.
Organizers like to remind the public that streets and roadways in the area will be subject to traffic restrictions during the weekend event. All of Gate 2 Street, a.k.a. Highway 20, between Goya Crossing and Highway 23 overpass will be closed from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on both days.