(Minghui.org) The Rijeka Carnival has been held each spring for about 40 years. Participants from Croatia and the surrounding region were joined this year by the European Tian Guo Marching Band. Over 200 Falun Gong practitioners made up the largest contingent in the parade.

The Tian Guo band members are Falun Gong practitioners from various European countries, aged 9 to 70, who spread a message of peace with their music, and raise awareness of the persecution that Falun Gong has endured in China for over 20 years. They have performed in many European capitals, but this was their first performance in Croatia.