The ten-day Calgary Stampede is a large annual event that attracts businesses, tourists, politicians, media and other circles of society from all over the world. The Stampede Parade is the largest parade in Canada and second largest in North America. About 4,000 people participated in the parade, which attracted 200,000 spectators this year.
Close to 200 members of the Tian Guo Marching Bands from Toronto, Vancouver and San Francisco participated in the Calgary Stampede Parade on July 7, 2017. Among more than 113 participating groups, the Falun Gong procession left a deep impression on spectators with their colorful costumes, bright smiles, and their high-spirited music and dance performance.
The Tian Guo Marching Band won second place in Total Musical Performance, and the top score on two criteria, Total Musical Performance and Total Visual Performance.
People gave them thumbs-up and said, “You are the best!” “I'm so touched!” “You did great!” Some congratulated band members after the parade. A woman asked if her son could join the band.
Ms. Li Yi, a Chinese Canadian, told the reporter, “When the Tian Guo Marching Band approached, people got quiet with their eyes wide open, as if they were waiting for a major event. The music is so great. It was a wonderful experience listening to it. It made me feel warm and excited, and I was touched by its magnificence! I don't know why, but tears came to my eyes.”