September 24, 2001 was the 46th Anniversary of the Founding Day of Newark, California. Parade teams from Newark cities around the world came to Newark, California to join in the celebrations. Newark Practitioners, together with practitioners from Fremont, Oakland and San Jose, joined in the parade.
Before the start of the parade, we first sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil factors that interfere with sentient being who can attain the Fa, and to let more people understand the truth about Falun Dafa. At 9:45 am, the parade started. When the citizens saw the banner reading Zhen-Shan-Ren, they could not help but read the words out loud and gave practitioners thumbs up. They said there was more need for peace and compassion, such as Falun Dafa. Wherever we went, people cheered and welcomed us. We also took the opportunity to demonstrate the exercises and each time spectators applauded. Many people accepted our Dafa flyers.
Since last year, when we last participated in the Newark parade, we notice that more and more people have come to know the true meaning of Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance. Through this year's parade, we've realized even more the importance of clarifying the truth to the people.