Full of hot air

Deflating hopes, Jerusalem parade to be ‘in spirit of Macy’s’

Raining on reports of actual balloons from Thanksgiving procession making their way to Israel, PR official says march will instead capture some of atmosphere of New York event

Jessica Steinberg, The Times of Israel's culture and lifestyles editor, covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center

The kind of massive float that will travel to Israel as part of the Jewish unity parade, slated to take place on December 3, 2018 in Jerusalem (Courtesy public relations)
The kind of massive float that will travel to Israel as part of the Jewish unity parade, slated to take place on December 3, 2018 in Jerusalem (Courtesy public relations)

Don’t expect to see a giant Snoopy floating down Jerusalem’s Jaffa Road any time soon.

Despite reports of Macy’s famed Thanksgiving parade balloons making their way to Israel, what Jerusalem will actually get on December 3 is a procession “in the spirit” of the annual New York event, a public relations official handling the event in Israel said Tuesday.

The parade will be part of a Jewish unification event timed for the first night of Hanukkah.

The four massive balloons that will travel to Israel will be in the spirit and atmosphere of the Macy’s Parade, but are not from the Macy’s event, the public relations official said.

There will also be one American expert who will travel with the balloons and help organize their setup, she said.

An installation at Midburn, in the Ramat Negev Regional Council, on June 6, 2014. (Photo by Moshe Shai/Flash90)

The December 3 parade will include marching bands, massive sculptures crafted for the annual Midburn festival that takes place each spring in the desert, a motorcade of antique and classic cars, athletes from Hapoel Jerusalem, and at the end of the parade, an outdoor concert in Sultan’s Pool with Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu and rapper Nechi Nech.

Matisyahu is also performing in the more intimate space of Zedekiah’s Cave on December 2, under Jerusalem’s Old City.

There’s no word on which balloons will arrive from the US for the unity parade on December 3, 2018, but they won’t be from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Courtesy PR)

The parade will march from Liberty Bell Park, along King David Street, into Mamilla to Park Teddy, and from there to Sultan’s Pool, an outdoor arena.

The parade is in support of Jewish communities worldwide and Israel, and is an initiative of the Diaspora Affairs Ministry in conjunction with the Education Ministry and several other public offices.

The parade, titled “Together: Marching with World Jewry,” is designed to be a demonstration of unity between Diaspora Jewry and the citizens of Israel, against the rise of anti-Semitism worldwide.

The parade will include groups marching from Israeli youth programs, soldiers, students, and other organizations working with Jews worldwide.

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