At least five pro-democracy legislators have decided not to attend a military parade on the anniversary of the founding of the PLA. But the Democratic Party plans to send six lawmakers to join the event. The Frontier legislators Emily Lau Wai-hing, Cyd Ho Sau-lan and unionist lawmaker Leung Yiu-chung said they were not interested in attending official ceremonies although they appreciated the goodwill of the central government. Lee Cheuk-yan, a legislator from the Confederation of Trade Unions, said the parade clashed with his election campaign activities on August 1. Szeto Wah, also chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, which is branded subversive by Beijing, said he was scheduled to attend campaign activities for the Democratic Party on the same day. Former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang said the PLA, by extending an invitation to all pro-democracy legislators, would help improve communication between the central government and the democrats. 'I hope it's the first step and both sides will engage in genuine dialogue so as to understand the concerns of the two parties,' she said. The parade will be held on August 1 at the Sek Kong barracks to mark the PLA's 77th anniversary. All 60 legislators, government officials, society figures and members of the public have been invited to watch. It is the first time the PLA garrison has invited all lawmakers, including those from the pro-democracy camp, to attend one of its events. The move is seen as the latest in a series aimed at reducing political tension in the run-up to the Legco election. Six legislators from the Democratic Party - chairman Yeung Sum, vice-chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan, core members Cheung Man-kwong, Fred Li Wah-ming, James To Kun-sun and Sin Chung-kai - will attend the event. Dr Yeung stressed that his party would seize opportunities to communicate with Beijing, adding that he hoped a delegation comprising all pro-democracy lawmakers would be invited to go north after September's election. 'It's a good beginning for the central government to invite all lawmakers to join its events, unlike selective invitations in the past. But I don't expect there would be formal dialogue during the parade.' Frederick Fung Kin-kee, chairman of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, also said he would attend the parade.