This past Sunday, the heart of New York City was ablaze with the vibrant colors of the Israeli flag and the contagious spirit of unity. Tens of thousands flocked to Manhattan’s illustrious 5th Avenue, taking part in the annual Celebrate Israel Parade. This monumental event marked not only New York City’s solidarity with the Jewish state but also the monumental 75th anniversary of Israel’s founding.
Dubbed “the world’s largest expression of solidarity with the Jewish state,” the parade swept along the famous avenue from 57th to 74th Street. This year was a special milestone, being the 58th annual parade organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York since its inception in 1965.
As a grand testament to the bonds that bind us, over 40,000 participants took to the streets to revel in this joyous event. Accompanying them were 30 vibrant floats, a cornucopia of musical performances, and a dazzling array of politicians and celebrities. Among those proudly participating were New York Governor Kathy Hochul, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer.
Adding an authentic touch of the Israeli leadership, several Israeli government ministers joined the march. Diaspora Affairs Minister Amichai Chikli, Public Diplomacy Minister Galit Distel Atbaryan, and Heritage Minister Amichai Eliyahu added to the jubilant spirit of solidarity.
Governor Hochul’s celebratory tweet perfectly captured the sentiment of the day: “Grateful to march with New York’s Jewish community at the Celebrate Israel parade! New York is home to the largest Jewish population outside of Israel, and I’m proud to once again celebrate our special bond.”
Mayor Adams also shared his pride, noting that he is the mayor of “the city with the largest Jewish population anywhere outside of Israel” and expressing his delight to march alongside the Jewish community at the parade.
This grand celebration not only showcases the enduring bond between New York and Israel but also serves as a reminder of the many shared values between these two diverse and vibrant communities. Israel, like New York, is a hub of cultural diversity, a beacon of innovation, and a place where dreams come alive. The Celebrate Israel Parade is a testament to Israel’s resilience, its thriving culture, and the warm embrace it enjoys from friends around the globe.
As we revel in the memory of this glorious parade, let’s continue to celebrate and uphold the values that the State of Israel stands for: democracy, diversity, innovation, and an unyielding commitment to the prosperity of its people. May the light of Israel continue to shine brightly, reflecting its undying spirit and unity with allies like New York City and beyond.