Jogjakarta Street Parade


Celebrating the anniversary of Jogja city, the Jogjakarta Street Parade was one of the main highlights which took place on the streets here and during my visit here in October 2015, I was fortunate to catch and get behind the scenes of this fascinating event which showcases the many cultures of Indonesia, all in one place. In Indonesian, this is also called the 'Pesta Rakyat Yogyakarta'. 

I was actually on my journey to Mount Bromo when the group from INAtopbucketlist had stopped in Jogjakarta for a couple of days before proceeding towards one of Indonesia's most popular mountain crater. Little did I know there was this festival taking place and I was told by the hotel staff that the street would be closed from 6.00 pm till midnight on that very day we arrived and our dinner appointment was scheduled for 8.00 pm, therefore I had some extra time to wander around and explore this Indonesian cultural parade here.

Below is a photography article based on what I experience here therefore enjoy this and look forward to your comments or suggestions. Again, I am not a professional therefore I take photographs based on my years of self learning. I also use a Nikon D5100 with my standard 18-55mm kit lens. I have captioned each of the photos to my best and if there are any mistakes, please do let me know in the comment form.

Part of the performers start their parade while on the way to the gathering point 
Group of Kuda Lumping performers entertain people on the streets
Happy, sad and shocked - all in one photograph
Creative masks say a lot in this photo
And the creative becomes a little scary
This performer takes time to smoke a cigarette
Angel on a motorbike

 A beautiful model poses for a photo while another poses with his fake horse

Dinner time lunch boxes
 A Kuda Lumping performer smiles with his make up and lady archers standby 

Taking time to pose before the parade starts
Ladies in traditional costumes pose
Red and White against Green
Ladies in some interesting costumes
Pawai Budaya Jogja 2015 sign
I believe these are the local entertainers 
A thumbs up before the parade
Yes, that's me taking your beautiful photo
Kuda Lumping with kids
Kids with some serious costumes pose for a photo
A few friendly ladies smile for a photo
Kids in costumes
While waiting, these ladies are well spirited
Finally, my favorite photo - I love the make up on these ladies
Jogjakarta Street Parade Information

The Cultural Parade in Yogyakarta is hosted by the Yogyakarta City Government in cooperation with the Department of Tourism and Culture and 2016 was the celebration of 259 years of the city of Yogyakarta in Central Java. This festival is also known locally as Pesta Rakyat Jogja, Puncak HUT Yogyakarta ke-259.

This street parade saw a total of 4,500 participants from 14 districts and 45 villages around here and the starting point was at Jalan Sudirman to the ending point at Jalan Margo Utomo. The parade starts at 6.00 pm and ends at midnight with a spectacular display of fireworks.

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My sincere thanks goes out to Indonesia Tourism for making this trip possible and for introducing me to these fascinating places and for more information, you can visit the official website of Indonesia Tourism. For those traveling around Indonesia, do not forget to tag your social media photos with #WonderfulIndonesia. Hope you enjoyed my Jogjakarta Street Parade photography and safe travels.



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