By World Journal

World Journal May 7, 2002: On May 4th, close to 50 Asian ethnic groups and organizations participated the annual Asian/Pacific Heritage Parade in the Southwest Chinatown district in Houston, Texas. The Falun Gong team won first prize for floral floats and the overall championship.

World Journal reported that this was the 7th annual Asian/Pacific Heritage Parade. It was organized by the 10-year-old Houston Asian/Pacific Heritage Association. About 100 Falun Gong practitioners participated in the floral float and the marching troupe. They wore traditional golden yellow Falun Gong exercise uniforms, and held Falun Gong banners. Another team of practitioners sat on top of the floral float, demonstrating the exercises to the song "Falun Dafa Is Good." The group also produced a large model of the book Zhuan Falun, English edition.

Based on the results from a three-judge panel, the Falun Gong group received scores of 17, 7, and 20, making them the first place floral float as well as the overall champion.