Australia: Falun Gong Procession Wins Prize in Blacktown City Festival Street Parade

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At 7:00 p.m. on July 9, 2008, an awards ceremony for the winners of the Blacktown City Festival Street Parade was held at the Blacktown City Hall. Out of more than 70 entries, the Falun Gong group won the Champion Community Entry.

Mayor Leo Kelly issues the award to Falun Gong representative John Zhuo

Mayor Leo Kelley said in the awards ceremony that Falun Dafa is a traditional practice system, which includes gentle exercises and meditation and follows the principles of Truth-Compassion-Tolerance. He said that since the practice was made public in 1992 in China, it has been spread to over 80 countries across the world.

On the morning of May 31, 2008, Falun Gong practitioners and over seventy other groups participated in the annual Blacktown City Festival Street Parade. Blacktown is a community west of Sydney. The Falun Gong procession included the Divine Land Marching Band, practitioners dressed as celestial maidens in beautiful traditional costumes, a decorated float and a waist drum team. Practitioners conveyed the message that Falun Gong is a peaceful practice beneficial to both mind and body, which teaches the principle of Truth-Compassion-Tolerance. They also drew attention to the illegal persecution of Falun Gong in China.

The magnificent performance of the band, the grace of the celestial maidens and the powerful playing of the waist drum team drew the attention of the spectators and was very well received.

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