Parade Route : Fifth Avenue from 57th to 74th Streets
Directions : IRT subway to 59th Street or West Side IRT to Columbus Circle
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
is billed by the organizers as the largest meeting of people in
support of the nation of Israel in the world.
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.
City Celebrate Israel Parade 2017
This year, the 53rd annual Celebrate Israel parade is scheduled for Sunday, June 4, 2017.
Along with throngs of parade-goers, thousands more will attend a mid-afternoon Israel Day music concert, traditionally 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.
The parade itself 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.
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.
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
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.
the Celebrate Israel Parade around the Web:
Celebrate Israel Parade - 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.