The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY) announced that Fifth Avenue will once again turn blue and white on Sunday, June 3, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., as more than 30 floats with musical performers, 15 world-class marching bands, and 40,000 marchers entertain hundreds of thousands of spectators for the largest celebration of Israel in the world, the annual Celebrate Israel Parade.
This year marks the 54th anniversary of what has become one of the largest parades in New York City, growing exponentially each year in attendance and excitement since its founding in 1965. The Parade is the marquee event of JCRC-NY in cooperation with UJA-Federation of New York and the Consulate General of Israel in New York. This year, the Parade will celebrate the 70th anniversary of Israel as the Jewish and democratic state and its impact on the lives of people in New York and around the world.
Crowds of people who love Israel will converge on Fifth Avenue for the Parade to celebrate along with several well-known Israeli music artists and other special guests from Israel. All of them will be covered by the 2018 Parade’s official social media correspondent, The Kosher Guru.
“We are proud to bring the world’s largest celebration of Israel to the streets of New York City year after year. Since it was founded in 1965, the parade never fails to reflect the undeniable spirit of Israel,” said JCRC-NY Executive Vice President and CEO Michael Miller. “The passion that the Jewish people have for the State of Israel is evident in the hundreds of thousands of spectators, floats, performers, and marchers that gather on Fifth Avenue each year.”
This year, the parade will welcome Dina and Jonathan Leader, as the parade’s Grand Marshals.
Commenting on why they chose to be Grand Marshals of this year’s Celebrate Israel Parade, Dina and Jonathan Leader said, “We are delighted to be leading the Celebrate Israel Parade up Fifth Avenue this year on the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel. We have always believed in the idea of Klal Yisrael, the concept that all Jews both in Israel and in the diaspora are responsible for each other.”
More than 250 organizations are scheduled to march along Fifth Avenue, from 57th Street to 74th Street, including groups of rollerbladers, motorcyclists, dance groups, and juggling clowns.
The 2018 creative theme for marching groups and floats is “70 and Sababa (70 & Awesome)!” Each group or float is working with Parade staff to develop a creative presentation of colorful banners, costumes, and props related to the theme in some way in a show of unity and pageantry.
For the eighth year in a row, the Parade will be televised live by FOX affiliate, WWOR-TV My9 and simultaneously streamed online enabling Israel supporters throughout Israel and the world to watch.
“In honor of Israel’s 70th Anniversary, this year’s parade theme is ‘70 and Sababa!’ to celebrate the remarkable progress and prosperity that the country has had in just 70 years’ time,” said Jennifer Falk, Judy Kaufthal and Aaron Rosen, co-chairs of the Celebrate Israel Parade. “Sababa means awesome, fantastic, or super and that’s just what Israel is. What began as a small and arid land with few natural resources has transformed into a country full of promise, contributing to the world each day with new innovations and incredible advances in technology, medicine, and agriculture.”
For the latest information on the Celebrate Israel Parade, visit the Parade website at celebrateisraelny.org