Practitioners in California, Indiana, and New Jersey Participate in Local Independence Day Parades (Photos)
(Minghui.org) July 4, 2013 marked the 237th anniversary of America's independence from Great Britain. To celebrate Independence Day, Falun Dafa practitioners in California, Indiana, and New Jersey participated in several local parades. They demonstrated the five gentle Falun Dafa exercises and displayed the consummate beauty of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
Every year since 2004, San Diego practitioners have been participating in Coronado City's largest local Independence Day Parade. This year, practitioners decorated their float with lotus flowers and American flags. Several practitioners demonstrated the Falun Dafa exercises atop the float, while celestial maiden dancers and waist drummers marched along. The practitioners won a second-place award for “Best Float Decoration” in the parade.
On July 6, 2013, New Jersey practitioners participated in the Randolph City Independence Day Parade, New Jersey's largest Independence Day Parade. The event capped off the three-day Freedom Festival.
The Falun Dafa group was the only parade participant that was composed mainly of Asian-Americans. Leading off with an attention-grabbing Lion Dance and a waist drum troupe performance, the practitioners finished by giving a Falun Dafa exercise demonstration. Although it was very hot outside, the practitioners kept demonstrating the exercises, from the beginning of the event, till the end. Many walked stopped at the practitioners' booth afterward and asked for informational materials about Falun Gong.
Fishers, Indiana's Independence Day Parade took place on June 30. Practitioners stood on the deck of their Dada-themed float and demonstrated the five exercises. Marching behind the float was the Dafa waist drum troupe and a group of practitioners holding 12 banners. When the parade concluded, the organizers thanked the practitioners, saying, “Your entry was really great! Please come back next year.”
On July 4, Carmel City hosted its annual Independence Day Parade. Out of the hundred or so participating groups, only Falun Dafa portrayed Eastern cultural characteristics, which won the praise and well wishes of many spectators.