when i first came to new york i was so amazed that there was a salute to israel parade. of course new york is the home of parades. there is the thanksgiving day parade, puerto rican day parade, the halloween parade ... well you get the point. it still amazes me that there is a salute to israel parade. ive gone almost every year. some years its scorching hot outside, other years its chilly. no matter, the energy is always the same. there is always a healthy mixture of secular and observant jews. it is one of the few times one sees this. new york is so ethnically segregated. unfortunately we jews often take this so many steps further by separating to our own religious groups never speaking to one another.
as religiously diverse as the salute to israel parade is, the concert in central park afterward is mostly orthodox jews.
i plan on going to the parade tomorrow. hopefully many of you who live in the new york area will be there as well.