(Minghui.org) Falun Dafa practitioners participated in the 43rd Starlight Parade in Portland, Oregon, on June 1, 2019, and their float won first place in the Non-Commercial Division. The parade is part of the Portland Rose Festival, which is a tradition that goes back more than 100 years.
The Falun Dafa practitioners’ float won first place in the Non-Commercial Division.
The float’s green color represents the season of spring. The plum blossoms on the boat stand for practitioners’ courage and determination despite the harsh persecution in China.
The golden sails and the heavenly girls on the lotus seat illustrate the practitioners’ improvement in mind and body. The words “Falun Dafa” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance” were displayed on both sides of the boat.
One couple was excited to see the float and said that they had seen the practitioners’ march in New York recently. “That march lasted about two hours and it was really amazing!”Many people took pictures or videos of the float and asked about the Chinese characters on it.
Practitioners were able to pass out materials during the parade, and many people were shocked to learn about the persecution in China against Falun Dafa, especially the forced organ harvesting.
Portland is the second most populous city in the Pacific Northwest after Seattle. An estimated 300,000 people watched the parade in person, while the television audience was up to 1 million.
Fox 12 television broadcast the parade live and mentioned the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance during the broadcast.
The television host told viewers that the practice would benefit people of all ages and that information is available free of charge at FalunDafa.org.