Tokushima is the birthplace of Awaodori. The history of Awaodori began when the lord of Tokushima built Tokushima castle in 1587. For the celebration of theTokushima castle, people of Tokushima danced Awaodori. This is the beginning of Awaodori.
There are about 1,000 dance team join Awaodori parade. The team is called "Ren." Each Ren has male dancers (Women also join), female dancers and music players. The music players have Drums, Lutes, Bells and flutes. Each Ren has unique costumes, music and dance performance.
There is Ren called "Niwaka Ren" that all the visitors can join. So, this is the main attraction of Tokushima Awaodori. Unlike other dance festival, all people can join the dance parade.