60,000 cram Jerusalem for Sukkot march
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60,000 cram Jerusalem for Sukkot march

Motorist nightmare as major routes through city center are closed off for traditional annual parade

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Thousands of Christian Evangelists attend a parade in the center of Jerusalem, marking the Jewish holiday of Sukkot or the Feast of the Tabernacles. Oct 04, 2012. (photo credit: Yoav Ari Dudkevitch / Flash90)
Thousands of Christian Evangelists attend a parade in the center of Jerusalem, marking the Jewish holiday of Sukkot or the Feast of the Tabernacles. Oct 04, 2012. (photo credit: Yoav Ari Dudkevitch / Flash90)

The annual Jerusalem March took place on Tuesday afternoon, with an estimated 60,000 Israelis and overseas visitors walking through the streets of the city in celebration of the Sukkot holiday.

The route passed along some of the capital’s central thoroughfares, leading to closed roads and traffic problems, as each year.

Police closed off several major streets and junctions in the early afternoon to make way for the carnival-like parade and local media warned motorists to avoid the city center until the event concluded later Tuesday night.

The march takes place each year during the week-long festival of Sukkot, which began last Wednesday night, and includes participants from a wide variety of organizations from Israel and abroad. In 2012, some 30,000 people took part in the event, including several thousand evangelical Christians from around the world.

Thousands of spectators lined the streets to watch the march.

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