NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY) today announced that Fifth Avenue will turn blue and white on Sunday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., as 28 floats with musical performers, 17 marching bands and 35,000 marchers entertain hundreds of thousands of spectators for the largest celebration of Israel in the world, the Celebrate Israel Parade. More than 200 organizations are scheduled to march along Fifth Avenue, from 57th Street to 74th Street, in celebration of Israel’s 65th anniversary.
Players from the Israel National Soccer Team, ranked No. 66 in the world, will ride on a float, prior to their Sunday evening match against Honduras at Citi Field. This match will mark Israel’s first New York appearance in over 35 years.
World-famous American illustrator and graphic artist Peter Max, is designated as the official artist for the parade. His expressionistic painting of the Israeli flag will be displayed on banners, ads and flyers along the parade route on Fifth Avenue and perfectly fits with this year’s parade theme “Picture Israel: The Art & Craft.” Through this theme, parade groups will showcase artworks that illustrate Israel’s land, seascapes and cityscapes, create collages of Israel’s cultural diversity, paint portraits of faces, places and accomplishments and frame it with designs.
Prior to the kickoff of the parade, the annual four-mile, Celebrate Israel Run will begin at 8 a.m. in Central Park, where more than 5000 runners will race through a course designed to represent a run through Israel as well as a festival featuring Israeli music, snacks and more. New this year, a kids’ run for those aged two through 12 beginning at 9:30 a.m. will take place simultaneously. To register, visit NYRR.org.