Falun Dafa practitioners participated in their first parade in the Tri-cities of central Washington on Saturday August 18, 2007, the “Tri-Cities Benton Franklin Fair Parade.” Practitioners drove from Seattle, Lewiston, and Spokane, beginning in the early morning hours to support this parade in central Washington, and to help with all aspects of the process, including passing out lotus flowers and flyers before and after the parade.
This parade was in the heart of the three cities (Kennewick, Richland, Pasco) and passed by one of the largest churches in the area. Judging from the enthusiasm of the crowd, they were very pleased to see us. Also, a reporter was very intrigued, took many photos and walked along side the float for three blocks talking to a practitioner on the float the whole way.
The public was very receptive, and gladly accepted paper lotus flowers and flyers that explain Falun Gong and the persecution.