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Latter-day Saints Participate in Tahiti’s Autonomy Day Parade

More than 100 missionaries, youth, young adults, and local leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined thousands of marchers Friday, June 29, in Papeete’s annual parade to celebrate national autonomy.


The French Polynesian national holiday, called “Heiva o te,” honours Tahitian and French Polynesian internal self-rule, which was granted officially in 1984.

The parade began at the French Polynesian federal government centre and proceeded down Avenue Pouvanaa a Oopa, passing other federal buildings and cheering spectators who had lined the streets to enjoy one of Tahiti’s largest civic events.

The LDS group was one of dozens of civic organizations, youth clubs, and religious societies to march in the parade, which included traditional dancers and floats featuring Tahitian agricultural products. LDS members also marched with other associations, including the national Scouting council, and assisted in the parade organization.


While maintaining a policy of political neutrality, the LDS Church encourages its members to support local and national governmental leaders and to be involved in community activities and service. 

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