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National Day celebrations 2016

2016/10/10 16:57:00

The Republic of China holds celebrations around the country for the Oct. 10 National Day, including an annual parade in front of the Presidential Office.

Baseball player Chen Chin-feng (in suit).

Baseball player Chen Chin-feng (陳金鋒), the first Taiwanese to appear in Major League Baseball games in the United States, who recently retired, was invited to sing the national anthem with an elementary school baseball team.

The baseball theme was also incorporated in the performance of a military marching band, members of which adopted batter poses during their annual participation in the event.

Under the theme of "great to have you," this year's celebrations highlighted the disaster relief forces of the country, showcasing their equipment, as well as the personnel on the ground and in the air.

The theme was also printed on a commemorative towel for this year's National Day, which was shown several times by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and guests during the celebrations.

A student performer from National Taiwan College of Performing Arts.

During the parade, students provided various dance and drama performances, including some prepared by the National Taiwan College of Performing Arts.

Students from San Sin High School of Commerce and Home Economics in Kaohsiung.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs, meanwhile, participated in the parade with a motorcade of electric scooters.

Local governments in Taiwan, meanwhile, held flag-raising events to mark National Day.

Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te (center).

In Tainan, artists taking part in the southern city's ongoing folklore festival were invited to attend the flag-raising ceremony.

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) was accompanied in his city by Bravo, the mascot of the 2017 Summer Universiade to be hosted by Taipei, in a rainy National Day celebration.

(By Pei Shen, Wu Yi-ning, Wu Chia-sheng, Chang Hsin-wei, Chang Jung-hsiang and Kay Liu)