On May 2nd every year, a splendid pre-festival ceremony takes place at the Kokusai Center.
After the procession of officials has entered the hall, the winners of the Miss Fukuoka competition are chosen.
This is followed by performances by guest Dontaku groups and by other prize winning groups from the previous year.
During the latter half of the ceremony, various singers perform.
The Kokusai Center is filled with people eagerly looking forward to the start of the Dontaku Festival.