Thousands of people are marching down 5th Avenue in New York City
for the annual Israel Day Parade #TogetherOnFifth,
after months of intense organization and planning.
On Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, we also had a parade.
Overnight all the yellow and white Vatican flags were gone,
replaced with blue & white Israeli and Jerusalem flags.
The streets were crowded with tens of thousands of people,
carrying thousands of flags,
for the annual Rikudegalim, Dance with the Flags
or Flag Parade.
Streets that were closed for the Pope were shut down again.
But this time people did not stay away,
Aleh students came in their wheelchairs.
Thousand of girls with Israeli flags
had their own place to sing and dance.
And these two guys were trying awfully hard to see them.
In the crowd it was hard to see, so sitting on shoulders provided a better view.
The buses blocked traffic so the parade could pass,
as the streets were filled with people long before the official start time.
The hotel balcony gave people a great vantage point.
Outside Heichal Shlomo, men and boys were packed in,
ready to march to the Western Wall,
to enter by same gate as the paratroopers did in 1967
when they liberated the Old City from Jordanian control.
With people coming in all directions all afternoon,
this parade may not have been as carefully organized
as the one in New York City,
but it was the ultimate blue & white photo-op.
I heard of girls who needed a police escort out of the Old City,
as glass bottles were thrown at them.
But though Yom Yerushalayim is not yet a national holiday,
people from all over the world came together to celebrate.
And on King George Street where the masses were having fun,
there was no violence, so it did not make the news.