(Clearwisdom.net) "Your parade entry is wonderful!" Practitioners heard this from a lot of people when they participated in the annual Eugene Celebration parade on September 18, 2004.

Demonstrating the Falun Gong exercises

Lotus dance

Practitioners parade entry

Eugene is the second largest city of Oregon and is famous for its diversity in culture and lifestyle. The annual Eugene Celebration is a grand occasion for local residents to celebrate their many cultures. Practitioners have participated in this event three years in a row.

Accompanied by the music of "Pudu," female practitioners in colorful attire and with lotus flowers in their hands performed traditional Chinese dances along the parade route, while two rows of practitioners in yellow exercise suites demonstrated the first 4 standing exercises of Falun Gong. Meanwhile, through a microphone, a Western practitioner introduced Falun Gong to the spectators. The Falun Gong entry was enjoyed by all.

After the parade, many people came to the Falun Dafa booth and told practitioners their impression: "Your parade entry was wonderful!" They were very happy to accept Falun Gong truth-clarifying materials and listen to the truth about the ongoing persecution in China. Many also left their contact information so that practitioners could send them information about practice sites.

Below are a few stories that took place during this activity:

A local resident told practitioners: "I just came back from New York City, and I saw you people everywhere there."

A woman said: "I often watch your programs on a public TV channel and I know [about the persecution]. At the end of the TV programs, I often practice Falun Gong by following along with the TV." The program she mentioned is the TV series, "Pure Heart, Clear Mind," which is produced by practitioners.

A gentleman who is a teacher in Portland said that he had a student who practices Falun Gong. When he was told that his student participated in the parade earlier in the day, he was very happy.

With Master's great care, the parade was very successful. More than 10,000 spectators and a much larger TV audience witnessed the beauty of Falun Dafa.

(1) Fa: Law and principles; the teachings of Falun Dafa.