Flags and banners filled 8th Avenue in Brooklyn, New York on October 2, 2022, and the surrounding buildings resounded with the sounds of gongs and drums. Over 1,000 Falun Dafa practitioners held a grand parade in the rain to congratulate the 400 million Chinese people who have quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. Many passersby stopped to watch the parade and learn about the 23-year-long persecution of the peaceful Falun Dafa cultivation practice in China.
The parade traveled down 8th Avenue and went from 68th Street to 42nd Street. Despite the rain, the colorful banners, posters, and music caught people’s attention. The Tian Guo Marching Band led the parade, followed by large-scale models of Falun Dafa’s main book Zhuan Falun. There was also a dancing Chinese dragon, a rotating Falun emblem, a float, an exercise demonstration team, a flag team, and banners that read: “Stop the Persecution of Falun Gong in China,” and “Quit the Chinese Communist Party.” The energetic waist drum team rounded out the parade with its uplifting drum beats.
Practitioners in the parade ranged from people in their 70s to toddlers and young parents pushing babies in strollers. The rain did not bother them as they were eager to tell people about the brutality of the persecution in China. The Tian Guo Marching Band’s music was clear and majestic, the beat from the waist drums loud, the banners upright, the dragon dance was lively, and the lotus flowers beautiful and bright. Many people gathered to take photos and videos of the parade. Some just stood quietly under the eaves of buildings and watched.
A volunteer from the Global Service Center for Quitting the CCP offered passersby fliers and explained why people need to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. “The CCP decided to persecute good people. Heaven will soon eliminate it and its members. Over 400 million people have already quit the CCP and have thus refused to go down with it. They have chosen a bright future for themselves.” People listened and nodded in agreement. Nearly 100 Chinese people quit the CCP that day.
Ms. Ge Lifang came in from Flushing to watch the parade. She said, “Practitioners have never stopped telling people about the persecution in China throughout these past 23 years. They set up a table in Flushing every day of every year, rain or shine. Over 1,000 practitioners came out in the rain just to help wake up those who still believe the CCP’s propaganda and lies,” Ms. Ge said.
Choosing to Quit the CCP After Learning about the Persecution
Ms. Liu watched the parade with her child. She said that when she was in China she believed the CCP’s propaganda and could not understand why so many people, especially those highly educated, continued to practice Falun Dafa despite the CCP’s suppression. “After I came to the U.S., I learned what really happened during the persecution. My conscience bothered me. I went to the Falun Dafa table in Chinatown and quit the CCP Youth League. I wish China the best and I want the persecution to stop,” she said.