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10/10/2023 12:45 PM
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Drummers and Lion dancers open the street parade held during the National Day celebration in Taipei Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
Drummers and Lion dancers open the street parade held during the National Day celebration in Taipei Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023

Taipei, Oct. 10 (CNA) The Republic of China (Taiwan) celebrated National Day with a display of military aircraft flying over the Presidential Office and an annual street parade with performances by local and foreign groups in Taipei on Tuesday.

In the lead up to National Day observed on Oct. 10, Taiwanese embassies and overseas offices, as well as communities of expats abroad have held receptions, fairs and parades to mark the ROC's 112th birthday.

The main celebration in Taiwan on National Day was held in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei.

(By Kay Liu)

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Asian Games Heroes

Judoka Yang Yung-wei (center), who was crowned in the men's under-60 kilogram category at the Hangzhou Asian Games, is greeted at the National Day celebratory event held in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
Judoka Yang Yung-wei (center), who was crowned in the men's under-60 kilogram category at the Hangzhou Asian Games, is greeted at the National Day celebratory event held in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
T1 LEAGUE rookie Lin Sin-kuan (center), who won gold in men's 3x3 basketball at the Hangzhou Asian Games, displays his gold medal and takes a picture with his teammates at the National Day celebratory event held in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
T1 LEAGUE rookie Lin Sin-kuan (center), who won gold in men's 3x3 basketball at the Hangzhou Asian Games, displays his gold medal and takes a picture with his teammates at the National Day celebratory event held in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
Boxer Lin Yu-ting (center), who competed in the 54-57 kilogram division and clinched Taiwan's first gold medal in women's boxing at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, is greeted at the National Day celebratory event held in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
Boxer Lin Yu-ting (center), who competed in the 54-57 kilogram division and clinched Taiwan's first gold medal in women's boxing at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, is greeted at the National Day celebratory event held in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
President Tsai Ing-wen (front left) and Vice President Lai Ching-te (front right) greet Taiwanese athletes who have performed well on international stages at the celebratory event held in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
President Tsai Ing-wen (front left) and Vice President Lai Ching-te (front right) greet Taiwanese athletes who have performed well on international stages at the celebratory event held in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023

Military flyover

A CH-47SD transport helicopter (center), accompanied by two UH-60M "Black Hawk" helicopters, carries a national flag of 18 by 12 meters during a flyover in the sky over the Presidential Office in Taipei Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
A CH-47SD transport helicopter (center), accompanied by two UH-60M "Black Hawk" helicopters, carries a national flag of 18 by 12 meters during a flyover in the sky over the Presidential Office in Taipei Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
The Air Force Thunder Tiger Aerobatics Team deploy five jets for a flypast during the National Day celebration in Taipei Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
The Air Force Thunder Tiger Aerobatics Team deploy five jets for a flypast during the National Day celebration in Taipei Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
A five-jet flypast concludes the National Day celebration in Taipei on Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
A five-jet flypast concludes the National Day celebration in Taipei on Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023

International Marching Bands

In spirit of Taiwan's ongoing friendship with Japan and continued partnership with the United States, student marching bands from two prestigious schools from the respective countries performed after President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) speech on National Day.

Following the overwhelming popularity of the performance from Kyoto Tachibana Senior High School's "Orange Devils" marching band during last year's National Day, Tokyo University of Agriculture Second High School's "Emerald Knights" presented Taiwan with nostalgic songs from popular Japanese animes beloved by adults and children.

In sync with themes from the likes of Dragon Ball Z and One Piece, the Emerald Knights put on a spectacular performance with their instruments and flags.

Saxophone and sousaphone players of Tokyo University of Agriculture Second High School's "Emerald Knights" kneel on the Ketagalan Boulevard as part of their routine. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
Saxophone and sousaphone players of Tokyo University of Agriculture Second High School's "Emerald Knights" kneel on the Ketagalan Boulevard as part of their routine. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
Tokyo University of Agriculture Second High School's "Emerald Knights" perform in front of the presidential office Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
Tokyo University of Agriculture Second High School's "Emerald Knights" perform in front of the presidential office Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
Horn players flag performers of Tokyo University of Agriculture Second High School's "Emerald Knights" puts up a color display during National Day. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
Horn players flag performers of Tokyo University of Agriculture Second High School's "Emerald Knights" puts up a color display during National Day. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023

129 members of the University of California at Los Angeles' (UCLA) Bruin Marching Band then took the stage with a morale boosting shout out to capture the attention of their audience.

After hyping up the crowd, the band then played the school's famous anthem, "The Mighty Bruins," to bring their performance to a peak.

UCLA Bruin Marching Band members run with their baritone as part of their National Day routine on the Ketagalan Boulevard Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
UCLA Bruin Marching Band members run with their baritone as part of their National Day routine on the Ketagalan Boulevard Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
UCLA Bruin Marching Band's color guards hypes up the crowd in front of the Presidential Office during their National Day performance Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
UCLA Bruin Marching Band's color guards hypes up the crowd in front of the Presidential Office during their National Day performance Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
The drumline of UCLA Bruin Marching Band provides the rest of the band with tempo and rhythm to perform Taiwan's National Day. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
The drumline of UCLA Bruin Marching Band provides the rest of the band with tempo and rhythm to perform Taiwan's National Day. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023

Armed Forces personnel

Military honor guard members perform a routine during the National Day celebration in Taipei Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
Military honor guard members perform a routine during the National Day celebration in Taipei Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
A demonstration of combat skills is featured in a segment performed by the Armed Forces during the National Day celebration in Taipei Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
A demonstration of combat skills is featured in a segment performed by the Armed Forces during the National Day celebration in Taipei Tuesday. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023

Overseas celebration

Guests to the National Day event held by the Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium pose for a photo a a corner set up with the Tourism Administration's mascot OhBear in Brussels on Monday. Photo courtesy of Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium Oct. 10, 2023
Guests to the National Day event held by the Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium pose for a photo a a corner set up with the Tourism Administration's mascot OhBear in Brussels on Monday. Photo courtesy of Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium Oct. 10, 2023
Taiwan's representative to the Philippines Wallace Chou (sixth right) and guests attending an Oct. 10 National Day celebration cut a cake at the event in Manila Monday evening. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
Taiwan's representative to the Philippines Wallace Chou (sixth right) and guests attending an Oct. 10 National Day celebration cut a cake at the event in Manila Monday evening. CNA photo Oct. 10, 2023
An ice sculpture of the Taipei 101 skyscraper is put on display by the Taipei Economic and Trade Office, Jakarta, Indonesia during its Oct. 10 National Day celebration held in the Indonesian capital Monday evening. CNA photo Oct. 9, 2023
An ice sculpture of the Taipei 101 skyscraper is put on display by the Taipei Economic and Trade Office, Jakarta, Indonesia during its Oct. 10 National Day celebration held in the Indonesian capital Monday evening. CNA photo Oct. 9, 2023
An ROC national flag raising ceremony is held by expatriates in Canada to celebrate Oct. 10 National Day in Montreal on Oct. 8. Photo courtesy of former expat group leader Mario Chen
An ROC national flag raising ceremony is held by expatriates in Canada to celebrate Oct. 10 National Day in Montreal on Oct. 8. Photo courtesy of former expat group leader Mario Chen
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