Chicago: Mid-USA Falun Dafa Association Participates in the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade for Tenth Consecutive Year (Photos)
(Minghui.org) On November 22, Chicago Falun Dafa practitioners participated in the 2nd largest Thanksgiving holiday parade in the U.S. Their colorful float received high praise from spectators.
The Chicago McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade is the second largest Thanksgiving parade in the United States, with a history of 79 years. Every year, the parade is broadcast live to millions of households. Since 2003, the Mid-USA Falun Dafa Association has had the honor of participating in this very selective parade every year.
On November 22, Chicago enjoyed its warmest Thanksgiving holiday since 1966. Tens of thousands of spectators packed both sides of downtown's State Street. Over 100 groups marched in the parade.
The Falun Dafa group has presented a dazzling new float design every year for the last decade. In 2011, a picture of their float was published in a prominent spot on the Chicago Tribune website. This year, their float featured a beautiful lotus flower design.
The host of the parade introduced Falun Dafa several times and commented that the float was “out of this world.” He also told the spectators with excitement that he felt strong energy from the Falun Dafa float. Many people followed along with the practitioners who were demonstrating the Falun Gong exercises on the float.
Mr. Yang, a Falun Dafa practitioner who recently came to the U.S. from China, participated in the parade this year. Having experienced the persecution of Falun Dafa in China, it was a very special feeling for him to participate in this parade. With tears in his eyes, he said, “I am very happy and moved! I feel so free here. I had no place to find this feeling in China. I am very happy.”