Fukui City, After the Suspension of its Spring Festival
On April 28th, the Fukui Phoenix Festival Executive Committee (in Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture) disclosed to media associates that this summer’s festival has been suspended, due to the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This is the second time the event has been suspended, since the heavy rain that occurred in 2004.
This summer’s festival was scheduled for July 31st to August 2nd. The festival has three main events, with the Fukui Phoenix Fireworks on the first day, the “Folk Dance-YOSAKOI ICCHORAI” on the second day, and “The March for One Million People” on the final day. The marching event was to take place along Chuo-Odori in front of JR Fukui Station West Gate, instead of the Fukui Velodrome, where it usually took place every year.
The Fukui Phoenix Festival first began in 1954, as an event to signify the region’s desire for further development, as well as its revival from the Bombing of Fukui in World War II and the 1948 Fukui Earthquake. During the festival’s three events last summer, there were over 140,000 visitors.
Along with the suspension of the spring’s Fukui Sakura Festival, this year has resulted in two of the city’s biggest events not taking place.