On May 18th, 2009, the Divine Land Marching Band hurried back from the Toronto Fa conference to take part in the performance on the last day of the Tulip Festival in Ottawa, Canada. It was the second time that the Divine Land Marching Band participated in the Tulip Festival performance.
|On May 18th, 2009, the Divine Land Marching Band took part in the colourful performances for the Tulip Festival in Ottawa, capital of Canada, once again becoming one of the highlights for the audience|
At the Tulip festival last year, the organiser had forbidden the Divine Land Marching Band the opportunity to perform at the behest of the Chinese Embassy. After the incident, the Divine Land Marching Band members held a press conference to expose the incident to the media. On May 12th, 2008, Chairman of the 'Canadian Tulip Festival' Teri Kirk and David Luxton, officially apologised to the Divine Land Marching Band and all members of the band for cancelling the band's performance at the opening ceremony. They re-invited the band to perform at the closing ceremony on May 18th, 2008. The Divine Land Marching Band returned to the Ottawa Tulip Festival and drew great attention from large numbers of audience members.
One year later, the Divine Land Marching Band again performed for three hours and once again became one of the high points of the festival for the audience.
Five days ago, the Divine Land Marching Band was honored with the Best Parade Procession Award at the 'St. Patrick's Day Parade.' One of the organisers, former chairman of the Irish community Bill Tobin, praised the Divine Land Marching Band's performance.
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