Celebrate Israel parade

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Celebrate Israel parade turns Fifth Avenue into sea of blue, white

June 02, 2019 - 2:21 pm

NEW YORK (AP) -- Onlookers waving the blue and white flag of Israel looked on as Jewish cultural and civic organizations made their way up Fifth Avenue in New York City for the annual Celebrate Israel parade.

Elected officials including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio were also among the marchers and bands that came out under sunny skies on Sunday for the event.

The parade, formerly known as the Salute to Israel parade, honors that nation's founding and what Israel has accomplished in the past seven decades. The theme for 2019, its 55th anniversary, is "Only in Israel.''

The thousands of participants making their way up the parade route included young people from schools around the region as well as a range of musical performers.

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