The three nights before the grand parade of Gion Matsuri (14,15 and 16th of July), you can visit the different floats. You can enter some of the hoko floats and see first hand the different objects that are displayed. The streets are crowded with people, many in traditional summer kimono’s, Gion bayashi music fills the air from the floats. There are many food stalls along the main streets of Shijo to Oike Dori and Karasuma and Kawaramachi Dori. Its hot and hectic and a festive atmosphere fills the air.