International Story Parade in Gangseu Gu, Seoul, S. Korea

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.

Here is the giant Korean blow up puppet that walked down the street.

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.

They lined up all the puppets from the parade once they got down to the park, and I got a picture of them all together. Here you have Superman on the far left, next to him was a Korean character, then a girl puppet with blond hair that could only mean Northern Europe,  after that, and American Indian, then a British guard, and finally, a big guy with blond hair, probably German.

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.

Here are little girls representing Thailand or perhaps Cambodia.
Here are boys representing Mexico “riding horses.”
Harry Potter came along representing England.
Are they Burmese or representing Thailand?
Representatives of Egypt were there too flying the Egyptian flag.
Here are girls representing China flying the Chinese flag.
Here are some surf boards from Hawaii.
More Chinese costumes
Are these girls Raggedy Annes?  There are polar bears behind them.
I don’t think I have to tell you who they represent.
Here are little Spanish dancers also representing Mexico. One of the girls is wearing a mask. In Korea, that means she probably has a cold.
They had children in Taekwondo costumes, but they had yellow stars on their t-shirts, so perhaps they were representing China.  Taekwondo is Korea’s most popular martial art. The woman walking next to them has a small Korean flag on her costume.
Here are some girls dressed like Alice in Wonderland with others dressed like cards followed by Harry Potter.
Once we got to the park, I was able to get a picture of a little Korean fairy. If you look through my blog, there are stories about them with drawn pictures among the stories.
Here is the British flag. They were flying everyone’s flags.
The girl in the blue was dressed as the Statue of Liberty from New York, and behind her, there were Hawaiian dancers who stopped half way through and danced for us.
More girls in Chinese dresses.
We even had Egyptian Pharaohs.
Here are the guys representing Mexico from the side wrapped in Mexican flags.
There is a kid riding an elephant, and whose flag is that?
Once we got down to the park, lots of people were wearing this hat.  Koreans are afraid of the sun. They really hate sun tans, and look at the side of the hat. There is a heart. That heart is very representative of Korea.  

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.






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