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鼓笛 (koteki) is translated in my dictionary as “fife and drum corps.” However, there were no fifes (what is a fife anyway?). There were trumpets. So I will just translate it as marching band.  It is a parade of all the elementary schools in our city.

Last year I made several mistakes when viewing the parade.  First, I arrived way too early.  (A smart mom arrives a little before their child is due to march.  We were all given time schedules of when various schools would perform.  Considering that the parade lasts three and a half hours long and that my son’s school was third from last, there was no point in arriving early.)

Last year I stood in one spot and watched my son’s school pass by.  (A smart mom knows to stand at the beginning of the parade.  Then when her child’s school marches, she runs along beside them the whole route with her video camera held up in the air.)

So that’s the way it’s done, if you ever view your kid in a parade!