The palace float (ごてんやたいgoten-yatai) "a stand" points to a festival car of an Enshu district which is decorated with a luxurious sculpture or curtain. As for the opening of the palace stand of the Hamamatsu festival, geisha and a large number of people of Temmacho and Chitosecho parade around as stands grow to bells and a drums, attendees of the floats are the returning kite-fliers since the Meiji era. In the Taisho era, floats which displayed artificial flowers and a lanterns were used. From the early days of the Showa era, each town has made grand floats competitively, and floats included many carvings as roofs became more and more elaborate, with floats of today being gorgeous. The excitement of the daytime kite-fighting dissipates at dusk as it cools down, and the stage of the Hamamatsu festival moves to the center of commerce of Hamamatsu-shi. The wonderful sculpture and decoration made of intricate plans from each and every town are signaled by the sound of the samisen which a player plucks, a flute and the musical accompaniment of neatly dressed children, who play on the lit floats which move slowly wrapped up in pageantry of elegance attracting people with their beauty like a royal festival picture scroll. There are 104 palace stands participating in Hamamatsu festival, and 83 of those parade around the center of commerce.
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