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Tibetans March in NJ Asian Parade

June 3, 2008

Kalsang Rinchen
June 2, 2008

New York, June 1 -- The Asian Grand Parade of New Jersey was held
today at Bergenfield, Bergen County, State of New Jersey. Tibetans
led by the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress of New York and New Jersey
joined the parade to showcase Tibetan culture and the distinctness of
Tibet as a nation. Jointly organized by Asian American Heritage
Council of New Jersey and Filipino Heritage Foundation, the Grand
Parade is the first of its kind in the state of New Jersey.

The Tibetan contingent in the parade comprised of mobile displays of
Tibetan religion and culture including Buddhist monks blowing long
trumpets (dhungchen), Tibetan children performing drum dance (dro)
and various local Tibetan communities performing cultural dances as
the announcers from RTYC, NY& NJ, read to the bystanders the
explanation about Tibet's geo-political status and performing traditions.

Flanked by applauding bystanders on both sides the Tibetan contingent
comprising of over 300 Tibetans dressed in Chuba (Tibetan National
dress) marched behind a truck mounted with a giant portrait of the
Dalai Lama and a huge national flag of Tibet carried from each side
by four Tibetans.

The Parade began from Clinton Avenue and ended at the National Guard
Armory, Teaneck, New Jersey.

The Grand Parade was participated by Asian Americans in the tri-state
area. Asian Americans from Tibet, China, India, Philippines, and
Taiwan etc walked in their traditional costumes as crowds cheered and
waved them. A food fair featuring Asian cuisines was also an
attraction besides a day-long cultural show at the lawns of the
National Guard Armory. Cholsum Tibetan cultural troupe of New York
and New Jersey represented Tibet at the cultural show.

The parade was graced by the Honorable Jon S. Corzine, Governor of
the State of New Jersey as the First Grand Parade Ambassador of
goodwill and Honorary Grand Marshal. Also present on the occasion
were New Jersey state politicians as well as Asian American elected
and appointed officials from the state.

--With inputs from RTYC, NY&NJ
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