[YWN PHOTO LINK BELOW] Tens of thousands of supporters of Israel crowded New York’s Fifth Avenue on Sunday as part of the annual parade celebrating the birth of the Jewish state in 1948.
This year’s parade also commemorated the centenary of the city of Tel Aviv. One person wore I (heart) Tel Aviv T-shirts, and another group rolled a giant birthday cake up the avenue.
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai was an honorary grand marshall and donned a pair of “100” glasses in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the largest city in Israel.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. David Paterson led off the parade, followed by floats blasting Israeli pop music and teenagers from yeshivas and Jewish day schools.
The parents of captured IDF Soldier Gilad Shalit were welcomed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was grand marshall of the parade, as well as a number of senators. Bloomberg received a pin saying “Free Gilad” from Noam, and wore it during the march.
The Salute To Israel parade began in 1964, when thousands of Jews gathered to walk down Riverside Drive together in a show of support for the tiny country.
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