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Sports hero, folk art featured in Taiwanˇ¦s National Day float parade 2017-10-11
Taiwanese athletes who recently won the international games waved hands to the crowd on a float during the National Day ceremony. Apart from the sports heroes featured in the parade, different ethnic groups and various Taoist temples also joined the colorful festive event this year.

In celebration of Taiwanˇ¦s 106th National Day, a float parade, which features 46 elaborately decorated vehicles, ran on the streets of Taipei following the National Day ceremony Tuesday morning. The floats started from the intersection of Yanping South Road and Changsha Street, and continued towards Zhongxiao East Road in the afternoon before arriving at a venue of festivities beside Nangang Exhibition Center.

The parade at the ceremony began with a march of Military Police on heavy motorbikes, which passed through the plaza in front of the Presidential Office at a slow pace, followed by a float carrying Taiwanese winners from prominent international sports games, including the World Games 2017, the Deaflympics 2017 held in the Turkish city of Samsun, and the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade.

The float of sports heroes slowly slid into the plaza and was escorted by ten roller skating players waving national flags. Medal winners like weightlifter Kuo Hsing-Chun, javelin thrower Cheng Chao-tsun, sprinter Yang Chun-han, gymnast Lee Chih-kai, tennis player Jason Jung, roller skater Yang Ho-chen and martial artist Hsu Kai-kuei were on the float being greeted with cheers from the crowd.

Another float that won the spotlight was formed by outstanding foreigners living in Taiwan including French Catholic priest Yves Nalet and a group of 70 fresh Taiwanese immigration officers.

Twelve major Taoist temples across the island participated in the parade this year, with trucks decorated with festive elements and giant flower sculptures of various Taoist deities from Taizi Ye (Lord Prince), Wang Ye, Chinese sea goddess (Mazu) and Guanyi, accompanied by dozens of walking holy Generals (Sheng Jian), the divine idols who usually appear at local temple fairs.

The 46 vehicles will be on display near the Nangang Exhibition Center after the float parade Tuesday afternoon and will be on view to the public until October 15.

By Sophia Yang,Taiwan News, Staff Reporter
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