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Celebrate Israel Parade Fast Facts

Where: New York City

When :
Canceled in 2020

Parade Route : Fifth Avenue from 57th to 74th Streets

Directions : IRT subway to 59th Street or West Side IRT to Columbus Circle

Due to health concerns in New York CIty, this year's Celebrate Israel parade on Fifth Avenue has been canceled. Instead, say organizers, a virtual event is planned to thank healthcare staff, first responders and other frontline workers in New York, across the United States, in Israel, and around the world. 

The virtual event will have a theme of Todah (thank you in Hebrew).with more updates promised in the near future.

All about the Celebrate Israel Parade

The Israeli Day Parade, variously known as the Salute to Israel or the Celebrate Israel Parade is an annual parade held in New York City each June to celebrate the creation of the State of Israel in 1948.

The parade is billed by the organizers as the largest meeting of people in support of the nation of Israel in the world.

A typical Celebrate Israel Parade includes the blowing of shofars to open the festivities, followed by colorful floats and marching bands,

Celebrities, politicians, and various other participants also parade 100,000 strong up 5th Avenue to the delight of some 1 million spectators each year.

New York City Celebrate Israel Parade 2020

This year, the 56th annual Celebrate Israel parade was to have taken place on Sunday, June 7, 2020.

Along with throngs of parade-goers, thousands more traditionally attend a mid-afternoon Israel Day music concert, located at the Central Park Summerstage located near 5th Avenue & 72nd Street. As the sun sets, the Empire State Building also becomes part of the festivities when it is bathed in blue and white, the colors of the Israeli flag.

Celebrate Israel parade float
Parade floats, marching bands and fun are all part of the Celebrate Israel Parade on Fifth Avenue.

The parade has been an annual event in New York since an impromptu march to celebrate the young state of Israel first took place on Riverside Drive in 1964. Since then, the parade has drawn people of all ages from Jewish schools, synagogues, and a variety of other organizations in a full-fledged march up 5th Avenue in late spring.

Of course, a parade in support of the nation of Israel inevitably draws criticism and protests of a political nature. An annual accompaniment to the the parade is a Palestinian protest, which consists of Palestinians and their various supporters.

Despite the protests, the parade is a chance for the New York Jewish community to show their pride and support. The Celebrate Israel Day Parade is a fantastic event bringing together a diverse and festive group of people.

For those who can't attend the festivites in person, the parade is also traditionally televised for a large viewing audience beginning at noon on FOX My9 along with a live stream from the parade's official website.

also see -> Passover | Rosh Hashana | Yom Kippur | Travel to Israel

More about the Celebrate Israel Parade around the Web:

Celebrate Israel Parade - Here's the official New York City site with details on this year's celebration including the parade route, parade sponsors and how to register, map and directions.

Celebrate Israel Parade - Wikipedia - Check out a brief overview and history of the parade with related photos and resources.

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