This morning they came marching out of the high school down by Bangwha tunnel, marched down past Bangwha Station, and then on to the park. My Korean son in law was so excited! He said he had seen a parade when he was in school in New York, and they have parades over at Lotte World, Korea’s Disney Land, but that Korean don’t usually do this. This was the first parade my Korean son in law had been to in Korea. He had seen a sign about it, and invited us all to go with him. We had heard they did it last year after the fact, but this time, we were able to actually see the parade.
As we approached the entrance to the high school, we could hear the music of the marching band. Before we could arrive, we saw the marching band leading the parade coming out of the gate of the school. After that, they were carrying a big world. I was fiddling with my phone and couldn’t get a picture of the beginning because they seemed to come so fast, but after that, I got some good pictures for you.
One by one, they came representing different stories from different countries around the world. They carried flags from all over the world, not just the Korean flag. There were no floats, but there were giant blow up puppets that marched down the road. There was a Chinese dragon. There were high school, junior high school, and elementary school students in costumes from around the world marching toward the park. I saw signs that it came from the school library and was sponsored by a travel agency and an airlines.
They even had a Chinese Dragon.
They had a giant bull and a matador that led the group representing Mexico.
It is hard to show you everyone who marched. They came quickly, one by one, and it was wonderful! We followed them, and once we got down to the park, they had a big stage where they were highlighting each story as the children representing the stories arrived. The Koreans are as bad as the Americans and British at mispronouncing words from other countries. The announcer said “alohwa” for “aloha,” a greeting from Hawaii. They called Mexico “Mekshico.” After they presented each country’s stories, they showed the Korean flag, and they all sang the Korean national anthem. Some people sat. Some people stood. No one made a big deal over anyone’s posture like they do in America. No one felt discriminated against because they flew the Korean flag. They had already flown lots of flags from lots of countries. There were more countries represented than I could get pictures of for you. They just came so fast it was hard to take so many pictures and share them in a blog. It was really worth seeing. Before we left, they were setting up booths with story books and projects for the kids to do. They had a huge bouncy house too. We had more to do today than attend the parade and fair, so we had to go. It was a great parade!! They may be inexperienced in putting on parades, but you couldn’t tell it today.