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World Police Band Concert draws 60,000 spectators in Tokyo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Band parades during the 21st World Police Band Concert in Japan, on Oct. 10 in Tokyo's Chuo Ward. (Mainichi)

Eight Japanese police music bands and three police bands from overseas staged a parade as part of the 21st World Police Band Concert in Japan on Oct. 10, attracting some 60,000 spectators along the parade route in Tokyo's Ginza district.

The parade kicked off at 11 a.m., and the bands from the four countries covered a route along Ginza's Chuo Dori street spanning roughly 1.1 kilometers.

Participating from Japan were the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Band, the Metropolitan Police Department Women's Drum Corps, the Imperial Guard Band, and the prefectural police bands from Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba and Yamanashi prefectures. The overseas police bands taking part in this year's concert were the New York City Police Department Band, the Paris Metropolitan Police Band, and the Vietnam Police Band.

The New York City Police Department Band unveiled a powerful performance centering on the drums, while the Vietnam Police Band was led by female members in traditional national attire. A showy performance with flags from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Band Color Guard also enthralled spectators, who applauded enthusiastically.

As part of this year's event, an indoor concert is due to be staged at the Tokyo International Forum venue in the capital's Yurakucho district on the evening of Oct. 11.

The World Police Band Concert is organized by The Mainichi Newspapers.

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