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Only In Israel Theme Abundant on Celebrate Israel Day

4 Jun

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     The first of the dual parade Sunday started out with a sea of white and blue Israeli flags being waved by the thousands of revelers on the parade route on 5th Ave from 55th to 74th Sts. All the members of temples and yeshivas in the tri state area come out to celebrate Israel and the Jewish people of New York City.  This year the parade celebrates its 55th year and the celebration was loud and proud.  As usual, the mounted police signaled the start of the parade and was soon followed by the blowing of the shofar – a large horn blown to signal the people to come together for a special occasion.

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     One of the nicest things about the parade is the large homemade banners displayed by the many groups depicting the theme of the parade. This year’s theme was Only in Israel. Banners depicted the Israeli entry in to space with a spacecraft getting close to the moon and innovations in agriculture that will help feed millions more across the planet.  Of course a parade isn’t a parade without marching bands and they did not disappoint at all. Fusion Core kicked things off with a nice drumline. They were soon followed by the impressive Connecticut Hurricanes Drum and Bugle Band.  A really nice surprise was the Quaker City String Band from Philadelphia that really got the crowd worked up. I wished I could have stayed for the entire event but the second leg of the dual parade day got started on Madison Ave.  Gotta go. Oy Vey!!!

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Celebrate Israel

 

Israelis Celebrate Life on 5th Ave.

4 Jun

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     The biggest parade month of the year, June, kicked off with the 49th annual Salute to Israel parade along 5th Ave. and 56th St. with much fanfare and revelry. Thousands of viewers lined up on the parade route to see their friends and family march in unity to salute the state of Israel and all its beauty. Each year the parade committee selects a different creative theme for all the various groups to display. This year’s theme was Picture Israel: the art and the craft. There were some clever banners shown and it was clear it took some time and patience to finish the banners. I was able to take pictures of some of the better ones. The mounted police signaled the start of the parade. The Honorable Mayor Bloomberg was waving the flag of Israel and was soon followed by parade VIPs. Shortly behind him marched the NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo, a friend of Israel. Then the fun started.

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     The first of many yeshivas and synagogues from the tri-state area presented their themed banners with lots of energy and pride. Some banners took several months to complete. Many of the banners displayed their devotion to Yahweh and the love of family and humanity. It was great to see the younger generation embrace the values of their ancestors and passing on of the tradition. Things picked up even more when the State of Israel float rolled on by with a band singing joyful songs. The first of several marching bands got things kicking when the Sunriser Drum and Bugle Corp. made their way up 5th Ave. but the band that really set the bar were the Fusion Core band..they really did a great job in keeping the energy level high and keep the celebration going strong. Just as the State of Israel is strong and vibrant, the marchers showed their unity and devotion in this fun family parade.

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