(Clearwisdom.net) On Saturday April 10, 2004, thousands of Falun Gong practitioners held a grand parade in Manhattan's Chinatown. The parade was composed of nine groups, each telling a different part of the Falun Gong story. From Falun Gong's introduction to the public, its spread around the world, to being persecuted in China. The atmosphere was very touching. The parade was part of the 2004 Falun Gong Experience Sharing Conference held in New York. Teacher Li Hongzhi came in person on April 11 to speak to the more than 4,000 assembled in the experience sharing conference hall.


Traditional Chinese costumes and dancing. Parade wins acclaim from spectators. Time magazine's Internet edition selects this photo as one of the "Pictures of the Week."

Lion Dancing

Waist drum group passes while a little boy at the roadside dances with them

Thousands of practitioners participate in the festive parade. (Getty Images)