Every movement of the Mikoshi is orchestrated. It is a unifying event. The group must work as one. The ritual parade's leading up to the battle of the Mikoshi's helps the group prepare for battle. It's quite a social event.
The local Shinto Priestess offers prayers to the god residing at the Shrine. After the prayer, ceremonial drums of sake are opened and consumed in square wooden cups. Then the Mikoshi is put on parade with music, chanting and singing.