Bei­jingers sweat it out dur­ing re­hearsals for Na­tional Day pa­rade

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA -

Tens of thou­sands of Bei­jing’s or­di­nary peo­ple have been pre­par­ing for months for the up­com­ing grand pa­rade sched­uled for Oc­to­ber 1 in cel­e­bra­tion of the 70th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China.

Some 100,000 peo­ple who will take part in the pa­rade have been prac­tic­ing in their work units and in larger groups at mil­i­tary pa­rade train­ing cen­ters, par­tic­i­pants told the Global Times on Thurs­day.

Some 60,000 res­i­dents will also take part in evening cel­e­bra­tions on the day. Many are gov­ern­ment work­ers or stu­dents, who started prac­tic­ing in July.

“We prac­tice two or three times a week, dur­ing the day near where we work,” a par­tic­i­pant who asked not to be named told the Global Times.

“Now that we’ve learned what we’re sup­posed to do, we’ve been taken to a lo­ca­tion in the early morn­ings for more ex­er­cises since Au­gust,” he said.

The par­tic­i­pant said a re­hearsal lasted from late Tues­day night to early Wed­nes­day morn­ing at a mil­i­tary pa­rade train­ing cen­ter in Chang­ping, Bei­jing’s north­west­ern sub­ur­ban dis­trict.

The first full dress re­hearsal is sched­uled from Satur­day to Sun­day at Tianan­men Square. More dress re­hearsals will be held in Septem­ber.

“Prac­tices are cer­tainly very tir­ing as they of­ten take place at mid­night,” said an­other par­tic­i­pant, who will carry a flag and march along­side fes­tooned ve­hi­cles.

“It takes a lot of time and stamina. The or­ga­niz­ers even gave us adult di­a­pers be­cause we do not have time to go to the toi­let dur­ing prac­tice,” he said.

A third par­tic­i­pant said ev­ery­one in his group was proud to rep­re­sent the coun­try in the pa­rade. “We’re very happy to get this op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate our moth­er­land’s birth­day in such a mean­ing­ful way.”

The grand pa­rade will also in­clude a mil­i­tary pa­rade, where some ad­vanced do­mes­ti­cally made weapons will debut.

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