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Annual Celebrate Israel parade kicks off in New York after COVID hiatus

Luke Tress is an editor and a reporter in New York for The Times of Israel.

Participants march in the annual Celebrate Israel parade on Fifth Avenue in New York City, on May 22, 2022. (Luke Tress/Times of Israel)
Participants march in the annual Celebrate Israel parade on Fifth Avenue in New York City, on May 22, 2022. (Luke Tress/Times of Israel)

The annual Celebrate Israel parade is underway in New York City after a two-year hiatus due to COVID.

Thousands of students from dozens of area yeshivas and representatives from a spectrum of Jewish groups march through midtown Manhattan in a major show of solidarity for New York’s Jewish communities.

A police marching band leads the estimated 40,000 marchers down Manhattan’s iconic Fifth Avenue. Marchers wave Israeli and American flags, dance and sing in Hebrew.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams marches alongside Israeli Consul to New York Asaf Zamir and parade organizer Gideon Taylor.

A small group of pro-Palestinian protesters from a local activist group and the fringe Naturei Karta Jewish group rally on the sideline.

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