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Thousands of people marched up Fifth Avenue on Sunday in the annual Salute to Israel Parade celebrating 60 years since the founding of the State of Israel.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NY Gov. David Paterson and NJ Gov. Jon Corzine joined other elected officials near the head of the parade route.
Parade organizers said that approximately 100,000 people turned out for the parade, along with the usual 200 of so pro-Palestinian counterdemonstrators (AKA: Neturei Karta).
Contingents from yeshivas and Jewish day schools around the region marched in their school T-shirts.
A NY Times article quoting a parade sponsor says that that there are an estimated 400,000 Israelis living in the New York metropolitan area, many of them dual citizens or longtime residents with children born here. But in proportion to their numbers, their participation in the parade has been “marginal.”
Parade organizers this year, which is the 60th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, have for the first time tried to reach out to Israelis and other Jewish communities long underrepresented, including Russian immigrants. But Mr. Miller said no one would know until the parade kicked off on Sunday morning at 57th Street and Fifth Avenue whether those efforts were successful.
(Source: NY Times / CBS2 HD)