If you missed Part One about the Pre-Parade festivities, go here.
For the July 17th float procession, also known as Saki-Matsuri, there are 23 floats in the parade. For the July 24th procession, known as Ato-Matsuri, only 10, which is more than enough (in my opinion). In the brochure that they hand out, the parade is to start at 9:30am, but really didn’t until 10ish.
The parade (standing at the beginning of it) lasts about an hour. The waiting for them to start took just as long if not more.
After this, I pass by Nishiki Market.
There are some festivities going on here too.
Heading back to my accommodations takes me another hour because I walk into the crowd instead of around it. Must plan ahead if you need to catch a train! (Fortunately, my train is a flexible one… Osaka next!)