The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC‐NY) has announced that Fifth Avenue turned blue and white as more than 30 floats, 15 world‐class marching bands, and 40,000 marchers joined in unity in the largest celebration of Israel in the world, the annual Celebrate Israel Parade.
This year marked the 55th anniversary of what has become one of the largest events in New York City, growing exponentially each year in attendance and excitement since its founding in 1965. Hundreds of thousands of spectators gathered on Fifth Avenue for the Parade, which celebrates the positive impact the Jewish and democratic state of Israel has on people in New York and around the world.
The Parade is produced by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC‐NY), in cooperation with UJA‐Federation of New York and the Consulate General of Israel in New York.
Michael Miller, executive vice president and CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC‐ NY) said, “The Celebrate Israel Parade acts as a convener each year for international communities to stand together to promote unity on a global scale.”
This year’s parade welcomed Edward A. Mermelstein, founder and CEO of One & Only Realty and President of ZAKA, as the Grand Marshall. Mermelstein said, “As an immigrant New Yorker and a proud Jew, walking up Fifth Avenue as the grand marshal of the Celebrate Israel Parade is the pinnacle of the American dream. I am so proud to stand with Israel.”
More than 250 organizations, Israeli musical artists, and special guests marched along Fifth Avenue, from 57th Street to 74th Street, including groups of rollerbladers, motorcyclists, dance groups, and juggling clowns.
The 2019 creative theme for marching groups and floats was “Only in Israel,” after the famed Hebrew song Rak B’Yisrael. Each group or float included colorful banners, costumes, and props related to the theme in some way in a show of unity and pageantry for Israel.