We were glad to visit Kandy durin this festival. Our driver from Why not getaway arranged good chairs for a resonable price (20 EUR) and we had perfect view on a parade. It lasted about 2,5 h with more than 50 elephants and hundreds of dancers.
We agreee with some rewievers concearning about elephants in chains, but at least, this is centuries old religious tradition and we have to respect locals. A lot of them (whole famillies) were watitig all the day on pavements of Kandy to pay their respect to sacred relic.