(Minghui.org) Falun Dafa practitioners in Toronto joined two Canada Day Parades on July 1, 2018. Many cities were celebrating this tradition across Canada to celebrate its 151st birthday.

Toronto Falun Dafa practitioners participated in the Canada Day parade on July 1, 2018.

Despite the high temperature of 94 F (feeling like over 100 F), the performances of practitioners in both Mississauga in the morning and Scarborough in the afternoon brought joy as well as excitement to the spectators.

The afternoon performance at Scarborough.

Ms. Xu from Jinan Province, China, came to visit her family and walked the entire parade with her friend. Impressed by the positive feedback from people along the road, she said, “From beginning to end, I heard applause and excitement constantly. It is really amazing!” She said the Falun Dafa group has the largest presence among all participating groups and it was spectacular.

Steven Lam, a candidate for Toronto mayor, said he liked the message from Falun Dafa practitioners.

Mayoral candidate Steven Lam said he really likes the Tian Guo Marching Band and the Falun Dafa float. “It is very well organized. The message of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is extraordinary and helps our society a lot.”

Trisha (left) said she is always excited to see practitioners.

Mississauga resident Trisha cheered as the Tian Guo Marching Band passed by. “I don't know why I like this group so much every year. It always looks so beautiful and I want to know more about it,” she said. She accepted the pamphlet from a practitioner and said she would check out more information online.

Janine and her daughter Marianna immigrated from Mexico more than ten years ago. “This [Falun Dafa] group shines the most. The float is magnificent and the heavenly girls are graceful. The performance brings us peace and wonderfulness,” she remarked. She wanted to thank all practitioners for their contributions and efforts. Marianna heard about the suppression in China and said she hopes the brutality will end soon.

“This group is amazing. They look great and are really awesome,” said Sandra. She has seen practitioners in the parade four years in a row and was moved by practitioners' positive attitudes and genuine smiles. “Today's weather is extremely hot and I do not know how they can do it in their uniforms. But I sincerely want to thank them for the great performance.”

Bell and Diane, husband and wife, watch the parade every year and they are very happy to see practitioners every time. “I heard about the suppression in China from the news. It made me very sad,” she said, “I cannot understand why innocent people would be mistreated like that, and I hope the tragedy of the persecution will be over soon.”

Tom (left) said he and his family like Falun Dafa.

Tom is from South Korea and he watched the parade with his family together with friends. “I support Falun Dafa,” he exclaimed. He took a pamphlet from a practitioner and said he would read more about it.