The 66th Niagara Falls Grape & Wine Festival Parade was held on September 24 and a large Falun Gong contingent including both the Tian Guo Marching Band and a waist drum team participated.
About 100,000 people came to watch the parade, and many accepted materials from the practitioners. Richard, the owner of a car repair shop, came with his wife Nancy. Both had heard about Falun Gong previously and were aware of the persecution in China. Richard said, “Falun Gong should not be suppressed anywhere in the world.”
Mr. Huang, a store owner, came to Canada 16 years ago. He said, “I like everything about this group, from the Tian Guo Marching Band, the waist drum team, to the float. Especially the gold colored costumes [of the waist drum performers]. They are very bright and energetic.” Upon hearing that Falun Gong is practiced in more than 100 countries and persecuted only in China, Mr. Huang agreed to join Tuidang movement and to quit the Communist Party organizations.
Why turn down the information?
One Chinese couple was watching the parade with their daughter when a practitioner gave them a pamphlet. When they realized it was about Falun Gong, they immediately returned it to the practitioner.
Because of defamatory propaganda from the Communist Party, many Chinese people have been misled and harbor negative feelings about Falun Gong.
The father, however, asked for a pamphlet, “Why turn down the information? I would like like to read about it and find out more.”