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Celebrating Tradition and Unity: Falun Gong Group Joins Cherry Festival Parade in East Bay

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Celebrating Tradition and Unity: Falun Gong Group Joins Cherry Festival Parade in East Bay

On June 1, 2024, a parade and celebration of the Cherry Festival was held in East Bay, and the Falun Gong group was invited to take part. (Zhou Rong/The Epoch Times)

[I-Epoch Times, Juni 3, 2024](Epoch Times reporters Xue Mingzhu and Zhou Rong interviewed and reported) East Bay held an enormous Cherry Festival parade and celebration on June 1 (final Saturday), attracting tens of hundreds of individuals. Bay Area Falun Gong teams had been additionally invited to take part within the demonstration. The Chinese folks stated they felt very proud to see so a lot of our folks collaborating within the exhibition.

This 12 months’s Cherry Festival is the one hundred and fifteenth, since 1909. That 12 months, as a result of bumper harvest of cherries, the San Leandro City Trade Commission and the group collectively held the primary Cherry Festival, which attracted greater than 20,000 guests from the Bay Area and distributed greater than 15 tons of cherries at no cost.

On June 1, 2024, the Cherry Festival parade and celebration will probably be held within the East Bay. (Xue Mingzhu/The Epoch Times)

The present options classic automobiles, floats, hearth vehicles, authorities departments, companies, group teams and faculties. A Falun Gong train group and a waist drum group participated within the parade. In addition, the rising on-line platform Clean World and the favored media Epoch Times additionally despatched groups to take part within the exhibition for the primary time.

Editor: The Falun Gong group is stuffed with abilities

James Maes and Jessica Bustos, commissioners of the City of San Diego Recreation and Parks Department, organizers of the truthful, stated 46 groups participated within the truthful that day, and the attendance price was very excessive. Maes stated, “I actually preferred their choreography and music. It was enjoyable and actually enjoyable.” Bustos stated, “They are very gifted” and “stuffed with abilities” and the rules of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are “glorious.”

Show organizers James Maes (left) and Jessica Bustos (proper) on the Cherry Festival on June 1, 2024. (Xue Mingzhu/The Epoch Times)

Cheryl Hurd, the supervisor of the present, stated that the Falun Gong workers did very effectively “It’s wonderful, it is nice. It seems like they’re effectively ready and stuffed with power.” “I feel the rules of Truth, Compassion and Forbearance are excellent,” he stated.

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Cheryl Hurd of the Alameda County Fire Department, on the Cherry Festival on June 1, 2024. (Xue Mingzhu/The Epoch Times)

Another host, Mckayla Carter, had seen a Falun Gong efficiency final 12 months for the Cherry Festival. She stated: “The Falun Gong workers is wonderful. They deliver peace and quiet, which could be very cool. “I noticed their efficiency right here final 12 months and it was nice. “

He “actually agrees” with the reality, compassion and tolerance that Falun Gong promotes. He believes that this precept is “essential” in immediately’s society. He additionally stated, “If you possibly can deal with your self, you possibly can deal with others. Use Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to information your life, and you can be a superb instance to others.”

Show host McKayla Carter realized to talk Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance in Chinese. (Zhou Rong/The Epoch Times)

Chinese: Proud and delightful

Ms. Lu has lived in San Leanje for greater than 10 years, however that is her first time attending the Cherry Festival. He stated he felt “very proud” to see so many Chinese groups collaborating within the present, and (the scene) was very lovely. Regarding the beliefs of Falun Gong practitioners, he stated, “This is their freedom, private freedom.”

Ms. Lan, who’s initially from Fujian, has been within the United States for 4 years. He stated it was the primary time he noticed so many various teams marching and he felt “fairly shocked” to see so many Chinese teams collaborating within the present, he was “very completely satisfied” and “very completely satisfied, and there was a way of disappointment; .” He stated he’ll deliver his kids to take part on this public occasion yearly sooner or later.

On June 1, 2024, Ms. Lan and her kids had been on the Cherry Festival. (Xue Mingzhu/The Epoch Times)

Ms. Zhong from Guizhou stated, “Freedom is nice” when she noticed the Falun Gong exhibition within the United States. In addition, a Chinese one that didn’t wish to be named stated that within the United States, perception is free, “not like at residence (Mainland China).”

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I hope folks will profit bodily and mentally

Falun Gong practitioner Wu Junxiang who participated within the parade stated that since 2000, he has participated within the Cherry Festival Parade nearly yearly to introduce Falun Gong, which advantages the physique and thoughts, to the general public. He hopes that everybody can perceive Falun Gong and profit from it.

Mr. Shi, who participated within the exhibition on behalf of Clean World, stated that Clean World is a social media platform that gives content material resembling motion pictures, TV exhibits, and articles. Unlike different platforms, Clean World doesn’t comprise any inappropriate or dangerous content material and is appropriate for youngsters and households. Interested pals can test GanjinWorld.com on-line.

On June 1, 2024, Mr. Shi was on the Cherry Festival. (Xue Mingzhu/The Epoch Times)

People: Relive the nice instances

Ellen Corbett, former mayor of San Leanje, stated the Cherry Festival brings the group collectively. He remembered that this place was as soon as a cherry rising space and there have been cherry bushes in all places. Although there are not any cherries now, we’re right here immediately to recollect these good instances.

Former Mayor Ellen Corbett (proper) on the Cherry Festival on June 1, 2024. (Xue Mingzhu/The Epoch Times)

Miss Alameda County Pageant Delaney O’Connell is a Bay Area native. He stated he was attending the Cherry Festival Parade for the primary time and was very completely satisfied. She particularly likes social actions and appears ahead to consuming pink cherry.

Miss Alameda County Pageant Delaney O’Connell, on the Cherry Festival on June 1, 2024. (Xue Mingzhu/The Epoch Times)

San Leanje City Councilor Xouhoa Bowen additionally participated within the present. She stated she has visited the Cherry Festival many instances and believes that the standard of this 12 months’s competition is bigger than earlier than. He was very completely satisfied to see a bunch of Falun Gong practitioners and stated, “It’s nice {that a} group of Falun Gong practitioners participated within the exhibition. We hope that many group teams will take part within the exhibition and let everybody have fun the standard tradition collectively. This is essential to the group.”

San Leanje City Councilor Xouhoa Bowen, on the Cherry Festival on June 1, 2024. (Xue Mingzhu/The Epoch Times)

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He stated he had heard about Falun Gong and stated, “I feel Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance are excellent rules. If folks follow in accordance with these rules, I feel it is extremely good.”

City Councilor Bryan Azevedo additionally participated within the parade. He stated: “I’m very completely satisfied to see teams of Falun Gong practitioners collaborating within the parade, teams of various cultures collaborating within the parade, and other people from the group coming collectively for the occasion. “

Li Jiawen of Desen College, who got here to take part within the exhibition, stated that Desen College has participated within the Cherry Festival exhibition 4 or 5 instances to provide Americans an opportunity to see conventional Chinese costumes.

On June 1, 2024, Desen College’s Li Jiawen (middle) was on the Cherry Festival. (Xue Mingzhu/The Epoch Times)

At 10 a.m. that day, the parade began within the car parking zone of the BART station, close to Parrot Street, turned onto 14th Street, and ended up on the City Library, which is a mile lengthy. After the parade, everybody participated within the Cherry Festival festivities that adopted.

At the Cherry Festival market, there are greater than 200 cubicles, providing quite a lot of actions, together with dwell band performances, farmers markets, craft exhibits, kids’s rides and video games, new artwork and crafts.

The beer backyard and numerous meals stalls additionally entice loads of guests. In addition, the occasion affords numerous contemporary cherries, quite a lot of desserts made with cherries, and a restricted quantity of cherry ice cream.

The occasion additionally options enjoyable options together with a bicycle rodeo and a 100-meter large slide.

On June 1, 2024, the Cherry Festival parade and celebration will probably be held within the East Bay. (Xue Mingzhu/The Epoch Times)

The Classic Car Show showcases traditional automobiles produced earlier than 1980. In addition, cherry consuming and baking contests had been additionally held, including extra enjoyable and competitors.

According to the web site of the Cherry Festival organizer, the Falun Gong group received the Cherry Parade Award for the 2023 Cherry Festival Parade. ◇

Managing Editor: Song Jiayi

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