New Yorks annual Israel parade draws big crowds

Sen. Charles Schumer, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg were among the dignitaries who marched in the June 3 Celebrate Israel Parade.

They joined tens of thousands of marchers who paraded up the city’s Fifth Avenue amid a sea of blue-and-white Israeli flags. The parade, now in its 48th year, is the country’s biggest annual show of support for Israel. Marchers included Jewish day school contingents, the Chai Riders motorcycle club and non-Jewish marching bands. Israeli consuls and government officials also marched.

The parade was preceded by a four-mile Celebrate Israel run through Central Park. — jta