Zhang Yun | Minghui
Falun Dafa practitioners in Toronto were invited to participate in many 2017 holiday parades.
On November 18, the Tian Guo Marching Band participate in a parade in Richmond Hill. On November 25, they went to Markham and to Ajax. They also performed in Weston the following day. On December 2, they went to Lake Shore while the waist drum team went to Port Perry. They performed together at Mississauga the following day.
Mayor: Bringing Light to the City
Bonnie Crombie, the mayor of Mississauga, walked the entire parade route with her staff members before she welcomed and introduced each group during a live broadcast. She greeted the Tian Guo Marching Band and thanked practitioners for participating every year. She praised the band for its contribution to the culture of the community and said it brought light to the city.
Feedback from Chinese
Ms. He, an immigrant from Hubei Province, China, has lived in Toronto for many years. “Every time I see the Tian Guo Marching Band, it always makes me very happy,” she said. She was impressed by the practitioners’ sincere smiles and said the persecution in China should not have occurred.
Ms. Dong from Beijing praised the band for its presentation and music: “It is so nice to see such a great performance. And it makes me feel proud to be Chinese.”
Mr. Zhang from Jiangsu Province watched the parade with his fourth-grade son. After a practitioner talked with him about Falun Dafa and the ongoing persecution in China, Mr. Zhang said he wanted to renounce his membership in the communist organizations.