Falun Gong a Welcome Tradition in Toronto St. Patrick's Day Parade
(Minghui.org) Falun Gong's Divine Land Marching Band and waist drummers performed in the 29th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Toronto on March 13. CP25 TV station aired the parade, while 500,000 spectators watched it live.
This year marked the 10th consecutive year that Falun Gong practitioners have participated in this popular parade. The band played The Maple Leaf Forever as well as other well-known songs and compositions by Falun Gong practitioners.
The Divine Land Marching Band, composed entirely of Falun Gong practitioners, takes part in the Toronto St. Patrick's Day parade.
Falun Gong waist drummers in the Toronto St. Patrick's Day parade
Parade organizer Alan Louthe remarked that the Falun Gong contingent is warmly welcomed every year in this popular civic event.
High school teacher William Dele watched the parade with his family. “The Falun Gong group is excellent,” he said.
Tina, an artist from Vancouver, enjoys the music offered by the Divine Land Marching Band. “Their music is very encouraging,” she said, then added, “I support their peaceful resistance against the persecution [of Falun Gong in China].”
Jenyfe Burnn (middle) knows about the persecution of Falun Gong in China. She said, “The Falun Gong group is so beautiful. I love them.” Ms. Burnn condemned the human rights violations in China, and hoped that the Chinese people will bring former Chinese president Jiang Zemin to justice for his role in the persecution.
Among the parade spectators were many Chinese tourists and visiting students, as well as local residents originally from China. Many of them were happy to have an opportunity to quit the communist party with Falun Gong practitioners' help.