(Minghui.org) The presence of Falun Gong in the Independence Day celebration in Plano, Texas was well received by the local populace, who enjoyed the bright colors and serene demeanor of the Falun Gong procession.

Plano, in northern Texas, is one of the fastest developing cities in the Greater Dallas Area, with a significant Asian population. Diversity is something the locals welcome and appreciate. Practitioners have been doing group exercises at Russell Creek Park and introducing the cultivation practice for mind and body to the local community. Their efforts were acknowledged by a city proclamation earlier this year.

A large banner identifies the Falun Gong (Falun Dafa) procession.

Practitioners' float in the 2014 Independence Day parade in Plano, Texas.

Spectators take informational materials from a practitioner.

The peaceful joy of the practitioners resonated well with the parade spectators. They expressed their welcome with warm applause as the Falun Gong entry made its way up Independence Avenue.