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Winds Calm Down Right On Time for the Amazing Thanksgiving Day Parade

30 Nov
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Let The Parade Begin

Written by: Albert Terc

Photos by: Albert Terc and Aluche_Events

 Anxious faces could be seen on the millions of faces along the parade route eager to see if the big balloons would fly this year. Wind gusts over 35 mph would ground the giant balloons from flying for safety reasons. The NYPD gave the green light one hour before the grand event kicked off although the balloons would have to fly low. The 93rd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade took off from the West Side of Central Park where the huge balloons were inflated the night before.  Right on time, the first group of clowns came running out to greet the crowd and announce the start of the parade. The crowd cheered in unison as the fun was about to get started. A rhythmic drum beat could be heard approaching as the honorary lead marching band made their way up the parade route. The energetic Morgan State University Magnificent Marching Machine showed why they deserve top billing. They were top notch.

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Astronauts Kay Hire and Janet Kavandi Introduce Astronaut Snoopy

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Lead Band Morgan State Gets the Crowd Worked Up

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R&B Superstar Kelly Rowland

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The Mighty Power Ranger

     Kicking off the first of many of the famous giant balloons in the parade was a new entry. Astronauts Kay Hire and Janet Kavandi were on the Peanuts float helping introduce Astronaut Snoopy. He was a big hit and the kids just loved it.  Right behind was another balloon of flight, Jett by Super Wings led the way for the Ronald Reagan HS Marching Band from Texas to show off their moves. Singer Kelly Rowland was one of the many celebrities that greeted the crowd. She helped usher in one of the largest balloons of the parade, the Mighty Power Ranger. With his fist pointing towards the ground, I thought for sure he was going to take out a few balloon handlers. 

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Chase on Duty

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Black Eyed Peas

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Lady Liberty Smiling At All Of Us

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Goku at the Ready

     Bank robber clowns were scattering when the Chase from Paw Patrol giant balloon came after them. Paying tribute to Duke Ellington’s music was the elegant Franklin Regional HS Panther Band from Pennsylvania. They did a great job even though I though the rolling piano was going to wipe out a policeman. Celebrities Ozuna,  Billy Porter and Miss America Nia Franklin got the crowd really excited. Giant balloons Picachu and Diary of a Wimpy Kid were huge hits for the kids. The jungle themed Madison Central HS Marching Band from Kentucky kept the high energy going for the crowd. They helped introduce another new giant balloon entry, Green Eggs and Ham. It didn’t take much convincing that I do I do like green eggs and ham. Right behind them was another new giant balloon entry, Spongebob Squarepants and his buddy Gary.  Al the kids started chanting his name. That was fun.

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Pikachu Having Some Fun

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That Wimpy Kid Causing Trouble

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I do like Green Eggs and Ham

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Everyone’s Favorite Spongebob Squarepants and Gary

     The tribute to America section is always one of my favorites with cowboys and the Mt. Rushmore float. This year Chris Young was the honored celebrity. Starting off that section was the Martin Luther King Jr. HS Marching Band from Georgia with their high stepping and followed by the Blue Springs HS Marching Band from Missouri. They were amazing. Celebrities Ciara and Jimmy Fallon really got the crowd worked up. Another new float helped remind people to be careful when out in the woods. Smokey Bear was a hit with kids but an even bigger hit was the Trolls balloon with four characters clinging to each other.

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Chris Young  and the Mt. Rushmore Float

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Ashanti Waving to Her Fans

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The Trolls Up to No Good

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Jimmy Fallon Rocks the Parade

     The grand finale is reserved for the Christmas section with the giant Elf on the Shelf balloon letting everyone know there’s a visitor from up North coming down soon. Celebrity Lea Michele led the way on a float with a Central Park theme. Christmas music was played by the Western Carolina University Marching Band from North Carolina and the Catalina Foothills HS Marching Band from Arizona.  The Grinch That Stole Christmas giant balloon is always a big hit. Giant Olaf from the hit movie Frozen made his appearance. But everyone was still waiting for you know who… Meanwhile more Christmas themed floats and clowns got the crowd worked up. Toy soldiers on stilts, singing Christmas trees, and floating nutcracker balloons all set the stage for the big man…Santa Claus and his helpers. Big kids, little kids, all kinds of kids yelled hello to Santa. The big guy got up and waved to the crowd and opened his arms to give everyone an imaginary hug. Everyone was smiling and began to believe in the magic of Christmas.

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Elf On the Shelf

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The Grinch Looking For an Easy Target

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Olaf Greets the Crowd

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Santa Giving Out Free Hugs

 

     The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is always the best parade of the City. It shows just how magnificent a parade can be. Kids from 2 to 92 come out to enjoy the spectacular event that Macy’s displays. It truly is one of NYC’s best traditions. This was an amazing year of parades in NYC. Well over 10 million people attended some of the best parades of New York City. Thank you parade organizers for producing some of the best New York has to offer. Thank you marchers for coming out and bringing to life our values and traditions that go back  thousands of years. Thank you NYPD and FDNY for keeping us safe so we can enjoy these amazing events. Thank you reader and viewer for helping keep this blog going.

Happy Thanksgiving and  see you in 2020!!!!!

 

2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Above Photos: Aluche_Events

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Centennial Celebration Honors Our Veterans on 5th Avenue

12 Nov
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Presentation of Flags

     A tradition that began 100 years ago in NYC was celebrated in a grand style that only New Yorkers can do. America honored its veterans in all the Armed Forces with marching bands from all parts of the country , floats with our beloved vets, and lots of fanfare. Before the parade started, there was a ceremony at Madison Square Park where a stage was set up for honored guests and speakers to proclaim the importance of the sacrifice these men and women  made to protect our nation. For the first time ever, a sitting US President attended the event. President Trump spoke to the vets about their courage and how we should all help our vets. There was a laying of the wreath at the Eternal Light Flagstaff where the victorious forces of the Army and Navy in World War 1 were honored. The parade kicks off from this spot up 5th Avenue to 46th St.  The warm weather for early November brought out lots of revelers as the parade route was starting to fill up.

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Marine Corp Marching Band

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Raising Our Flag In Victory

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The Few The Proud The Marines

     This year honored the Marine Corp as they were the honorary lead group. Everyone was amazed at the sharp uniform and precision steps. The Marine Corp Marching Band set the bar for the drumline. When I take videos of marching bands at the all the parades in NYC, I focus in on the drumline because that’s the heart and soul of the group. They were one of the best I have seen all year. All the Marine vets came out to march with the most notable being astronaut and moon walker Buzz Aldrin. This years Grand Marshalls represented 4 wars. US Marine Corp Veteran Zach Iscol from Pound Ridge NY was the last one chosen among the other distinguished vets.

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Valley Forge Prep

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Celebrating with Pride

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Buzz Aldrin waving to the Crowd

     The Veterans Day Parade showcases some of the best marching bands from High Schools across the country. They were all great and made the vets proud. For many students, it was their first time in the city. Visiting from Athens, Alabama were the East Limestone HS Marching Band. They got the crowd worked up for what would be a fun filled day. Revelers were treated to a fun marching band from Ankeny Iowa. A band from Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania had a fun group of flag bearers. Probably the best brass section came from Downington East of Exton PA. A small but energetic band was from Waterloo, NY HS Marching Band. Seneca East HS Tiger Pride from Ohio and Bloominton IL HS Marching Raiders put on a great show for the vets.

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     On each block of the parade route you can see vets from all parts of the city, state and country watch with pride. One of the best things to see is how total strangers greet each other with respect because they served the greatest country on the planet. The Coast Guard Marching Band played with lots of energy. They brought out one of their newer boats that protects our shores. The Air Force sent an Honorary Guard from Washington DC. The Navy had a great representation but Army was up for the challenge and out yelled them by a few dozen decibels. That extra energy might translate to win on the gridiron later on this month. The parade also paid tribute to our allies that helped us especially in World War 1 and 2.  Support groups like the Wounded Warrior Project and Headstrong made some noise and helped bring awareness to vets and families about their services.

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     This parade was one of the better Veterans Day parades I have attended. There was alot of thanks and respect given to the men and women for all the sacrifice they made to make this the great country we enjoy. Freedom is not free and we enjoy the freedoms we have because these vets gave of themselves for our country and way of life. Do something nice for a vet when you can. They deserve it.

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Thank You For Your Service and Sacrifice

Italians Celebrate Fashion and Culture on Columbus Day on 5th Avenue

17 Oct
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Let’s Get This Party Started

     The trifecta of parade weekend culminated in the largest celebration of Italian culture in the world right on 5th Avenue. The picture perfect day saw nearly a million people lined up on the parade route anxiously awaiting the start of the parade. Celebrating its 75th anniversary, parade organizers, the Columbus Citizens Foundation pulled out all the stops to make this a first class event. This year Grand Marshall Massimo Ferragamo was honored for his contribution to high fashion. Local news anchor Rosanna Scotto was an honoree of the amazing event.  As usual, the mounted police signal the start of the parade.

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Grand Marshall Massimo Ferragamo

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Tribute to Columbus

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Baton Twirlers from Italy

     Honorary lead marching band was Northern University playing some Italian theme tunes to get the crowd ready for a festive day of everything Italian. Sacred Heart University was right behind them. A parade of Maserati’s with the Grand Marshall and Honorees was well received. Italians have always been a religious people and home to the Vatican and where early Christianity thrived. Controversy did not escape this years parade as NY Mayor diBlasio called for more female statues to be erected throughout the city and omitted the beloved Mother Cabrini, even though she captured the most votes. Under immense pressure from the Italian community and Catholic Church to reconsider his decision, the mayor promised to rethink it….good idea.

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Marching Bands Ruled the Day

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Mother Cabrini Makes Her Appearance

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Trumpet Band from Bergamo

     Revelers were given a special treat when two Italian bands struck up some nice tunes. A coastal town from Castellammare di stabia sent a band that got the crowd thinking about home. Blowing the horns off in magnificent fashion were a band from Bergamo, Italy. They put a whole new meaning to fast tempo as it was a challenge to keep up with their fast pace. A variety of High School marching bands kept the high energy going. Perennial favorite Connetquot HS Marching Band always puts on a great show. Matching their intensity was the W. Tresper Clarke Marching Band. One band of note from East Meadow had a sharp drumline.  All in all is was a grand celebration of Italian culture and contribution. Like my Italian friends say…there’s only two kinda people…Italians and those that want to be Italians.

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Long Live Italy!!!!

Greeks Turn 5th Avenue into a Sea of Blue and White

16 Apr
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Greek Marching Band Gets the Party Started

     The second leg of the dual parade day brought me to 5th Avenue to celebrate the 82nd annual Greek Independence Day Parade. Everywhere you looked on the parade route, from 64th to 79th streets, blue and white Greek flags were being displayed or waved. The parade coincides as close as possible to the actual date of Independence of March 25th. Hundreds of thousands of revelers turned out to celebrate this festive event which is televised locally on MY9 and internationally where millions in Greece can see the beautiful event. The crowd was really anxious to get things started and as usual the mounted police signaled the start of the parade.

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Evzones Marching Up 5th Avenue

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Folkloric Costumes

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Proud Marcher

 

 

     Parade organizers, The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York, led the way to the reviewing stand on 68th street where VIPs and dignitaries captured the amazing display of Greek pride and culture. Among the honored guests were His Eminence Archbishop  Demitrios of America, Mayor Bill deBlasio, US Senator Chuch Schumer and US Rep Carolyn Maloney. This year’s Grand Marshall, George M. Marcus, was honored for his contribution to the fabric of this country. The crowd got an special treat when the Mantazros Philharmonic Society from Corfu, Greece played a marching tune. They led the way for everyone’s favorite part of the parade when the Ezvones, the Presidential Guard,  marched in unison. It really is a special part of a Greek tradition in NYC that makes this parade one of the best.

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     The Greeks are a very religious people. All the Orthodox churches from the tri-state area and even Canada march in the parade with members displaying banners that commemorate the Greek Wars for Independence against the Ottoman Empire. Many floats display images of War Heroes or events that were pivotal in gaining their Independence. Several marchers wore traditional wardrobe that made you feel as though you were in the countryside on the hills of Greece.  This parade is truly a celebration of the unity of Greece and America. The best way to cap off the the double parade day was to head over to Uncle Nick’s on 9th Avenue for some delicious Greek cuisine.

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LONG LIVE GREECE!!!!

Over 2 Million Strong Come to 5th Avenue for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

17 Mar
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NYPD Emerald Society Leads the Way

     One of New York City’s oldest traditions continued with a huge crowd of well over two million people lining up the parade route on 5th Avenue for the 258th celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The honoring of the patron saint of both Ireland and NYC is a way to keep the connection and unity between the people of both nations. People come from all parts of the country for this grand event. This year the parade was held on the 16th for religious observances on the 17th which fell on a Sunday.  The parade has evolved quite a bit since its origin in 1762, where today top High School marching bands across the country come in for the event to showcase their talents. All 32 counties from Ireland send their representatives to march. In this parade, everyone marches. There are no floats or cars. Everyone marches the 2.5 miles up 5th Ave. and stops to greet Archbishop Timothy Dolan in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  Revelers call out their counties name like they are checking in at school when their name is called. As it has happened since about 1851, the 69th Regiment, the original “fighting Irish”, lead the parade route with their beloved mascots, a pair of Irish Wolfhounds.

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69th Regiment Officer with Mascot

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Lancers Getting the Parade Started

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Honoring St. Patrick

 

     One of the largest marching bands from Londonderry, New Hampshire was the honorary High School band leading the first group of marchers. They were a great indication of the talent level seen throughout the day. Pipes and drum bands reigned supreme throughout the day with favorites like the NYPD Emerald Society Pipes and Drum band setting the bar way high. The Blue Wall always take care of their own whether here or on the other side. Included as part of the celebration was the family and friends of Detective Steven D. McDonald. It was great to see his family continue to honor his name and message for all to see…Love is the Way.

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Honoring A Special Man

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These Ladies Always Have Fun at the Parade

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FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums

 

     County representatives from Ireland walked up the parade route displaying large tapestries of St. Patrick or another religious symbol. The crowd got a special treat when prize winning Maghery Fife and Drum Band from County Donegal played a beautiful tune. They got a loud cheer from everyone especially one of my favorite group of revelers, the Half Mad McLaughlins from Brooklyn. They always have a great time and are the life of the parade.

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Maghery Band Academy from Donegal

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We Will Never Forget

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Bagpipers Doing Their Thing

 

     A crowd favorite that brings out national pride to everyone present is the FDNY memorial group 343 which represents the number of fireman lost during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The banner now says 343 and counting for all those first responders that keep dying of cancer and other diseases related to the exposure to the toxins in the air. One thing is for sure…. We Will Never Forget. Another High School Band that stepped up their game was Jefferson Davis from Alabama. For a small group, they packed a big punch. It was the first time in the Big Apple for many of these high school students and what a way to be in the mix of one of the biggest parades in the city.  If this is any indication of the 2019 parades season, it’s going to be an amazing year.  But at least for one day out of the year, we are all Irish.

Written by: Albert Terc

Photos by: Albert Terc

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Eirinn go Brach!!!

 

Millions Brave Freezing Temps to Give Thanks at the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade

24 Nov
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Let’s Get This Party Started

     Arctic temperatures couldn’t stop the millions of fans from lining up the parade route from 77th St. and Central Park West all the way down to 34th St. in front of the Macy’s Herald Square flagship store. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the biggest parade in the city and always enjoyed by kids from 5 to 95. It was the coldest Thanksgiving in 100 years but that didn’t matter. Everyone was there to have a great time and be part of a New York tradition since 1924. With a large display of giant balloons, celebrities, and clowns, the grand spectacle is the premiere showcase that only Macy’s can pull off.

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Paw Patrol On Duty

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Dragon In Training

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James Madison University MB Bringing It

     The parade features some of the top tier marching bands in country. This year the prestigious lead band came from Ohio State University. The frigid temperature had them marching double time just to keep warm. It seems as though this year had more celebrities than in previous years. Headliners included Diana Ross, John Legend, Martina McBride and a whole host of other performers. The parade also boasts the largest collection of clowns assembled for one event…other than a clown convention.

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John Legend Waving to the Crowd

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Goku Ready to Defend

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What A Fun Celebration

     Some of the marching bands putting on a great show were the James Madison University Marching Band from Virginia. They were great and had a loud following from the crowd. Oregon sent some of their best in Grants Pass High School marching Band and Color Guard. The giant balloon of Charlie Brown made it’s way down the parade route soon followed by the Northstars from Syracuse NY.  There was a drum showdown between two excellent bands. It’s tough to decide which had the better drum section. Check out Riverside High School from California marching band and then the thunderous Homewood Patriot High School Marching Band from Alabama. They were both well instructed and on point for the parade.

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NYC Landmarks Got In on the Action

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Frosty as Frozen Olaf

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That Nasty Grinch Up To No Good

 

     A few new balloons made their grand entrance to the parade. Goku, from Dragonball Z fame floated in over 56 feet tall and 70 feet long. All kids were watching in amazement at the giant balloon. The Netflix film,  The Christmas Chronicles,  had characters Fleck, Jojo, Bjorn and Hugg airing it out in novelty balloons. They were fun. Hope to see them next year. Everyone’s favorite Mr. Grinch and Spongebob Squarepants always get the loudest applause. The tail end of the parade is dedicated to the Christmas season with lots of elves and Christmas themed floats gathering anticipation for the last float carrying Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus waving to the crowd. It’s always a special part of the parade to watch kids of all ages smiling and waving to Santa Claus.

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     This years NYC parade line up was amazing. Tens of millions of revelers attended this years parades in the greatest city ever created. In a city with such a diverse population, the fact that all these parades can go on without problems or protests shows just how strong a city we have. Thanks to the parade organizers and volunteers that dedicated their time to produce events that keep the star shining on top of this beaming metropolis. Thanks to the NYPD for keeping everyone safe and FDNY for responding quickly to any emergencies, and Sanitation for cleaning up. Thanks to all the marching bands for the endless rehearsals and making the parades festive. And thanks to you the reader that helps keep this blog going. Thank you. It’s been a blast.

Written by: Albert Terc

Photos by: Albert Terc

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                   Have a great holiday season and a safe and Happy New Year!!

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Israelis Turn 5th Ave, Into a Sea of Blue and White

4 Jun
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Celebrating In Style

     June is a busy parade month with major parades celebrated throughout the city. The first Sunday of the month has two parades going on in close proximity. The first leg of the dual parade day was the 54th annual Celebrate Israel parade on 5th Ave. starting from 55th St to 74th St. Thousands of marchers and revelers came out to celebrate the nation of Israel and all its contributions to NYC and the US. Security was extra tight with all the heightened tensions after the US decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem recently. Every large marching group had their own security detail and NYPD deployed the bike patrol to ensure everyone’s safety.  Better safe than sorry. The usual protesters were confined to a block in front of the Plaza Hotel where a heavy police presence maintained order and kept the parade moving so that the celebration of the 70th year of Israel as a nation continued without disruption.   The mounted police signaled the start of the parade with this years theme for all participants being Sababa, which means super, fantastic, awesome. Bestowed with the high honor of sending notice to all present with the sounding of the ceremonial Shofar was Stanley Hochhauser, riding on the backseat of the convertible cruising up the parade route on 5th Ave.

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Taking Pride In Israel

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Raider Drummers Doing Their Thing

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Traditional Wear In Celebration

 

     This parade is known for all the colorful handmade banners displaying the years theme made by the many groups participating. Many banners were very creative and colorful. The parade gives all the local politicians a chance to meet with the crowd and put some good words in with potential voters. The Israeli Government also sends a delegation to greet the crowd and make the day more festive.  Some of the better drum and bugle bands from the area get to show off their moves. A perennial favorite is the Raiders Drum and Bugle Band from Burlington, NJ. Not to be outdone were the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Band from Princeton, NJ. They were both excellent and helped make the event a memorable one. Everyone that witnessed a marvelous display of culture and pride would agree this years theme was felt by all. Israel, you are Sababa!  I had to leave  the Israeli Parade ahead of schedule to make it to the second leg of the dual parade day. The Philippine Independence Parade was under way on Madison Ave. near Madison Square Park…Only in NY…Oy Vay.

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Let’s All Celebrate Israel

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