Rose Festival Parade
The rose season comes to Fukuyama in May. Approximately 500,000 roses are in full bloom, and the Fukuyama Rose Festival is held to commemorate the event. Each year more than 800,000 people visit the Fukuyama Rose Festival, with its amusing attractions such as the parade and stage event centering on Rose Park.
In Rose Park, with its myriad flowers, the rose parade organized several civic groups excites the festival. Unique stalls are open, and wonderful stage events are held. “Light and Rose Fantasies,” which lights up the Rose Park with electric lamps, is extremely popular. Rose Park is covered with the romantic scent and atmosphere that its namesake blooms provide. The rose contest and rose concert have also caught on in Midori-machi Park. There are also traditional stage performances of Fukuyama, a handmade goods bazaar, a gourmet plaza and a sales corner featuring Hiroshima’s specialty products. Original rose goods, including soaps and aromatic mists, are sold in the museum shop. The biggest event of the festival, however, is the “Rose Wedding.” One couple of every year blessed by the festival visitors has a wedding ceremony, surrounded by sweet, beautiful roses. You can enjoy the street performances and music festival on the shopping streets in the city, and the “Rose Bus” also runs in the venue.