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Israelis take to the streets to celebrate Purim

Israelis enjoy a purim parade in the city of Holon, during the Jewish holiday of Purim, Mar. 7, 2023. (Photo: Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Tens of thousands of Israelis participated in Purim festivities across Israel on Tuesday, dressing up in a multitude of innovative costumes. 

Some of the most spectacular parades in the Jewish state are organized for Purim each year. The “Adloyada” Parades attracted thousands of colorful, glittering marchers and dancers this year.

This was the first Adloyada Parade since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Traditional parades took place in cities such as Herzliya, Kfar Saba, Rishon LeZion and Netanya. In the city of Holon, this year’s parade featured guest performers, gigantic floats and circus facilities. 

Holon’s parade was dedicated in part to the late Israeli pop icon Svika Pick, who passed away in August. His songs were played throughout the day from loudspeakers at the event. Israel’s representative for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, Israeli pop singer Noa Kirel, also performed.

In the city of Hebron in the Judean mountains, the Adloyada Parade drew ministers of the Israeli government, including National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir and National Missions Minister Orit Strock. 

Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir takes part in the annual parade marking the Jewish holiday of Purim in Hebron, Mar. 7, 2023. (Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

As the Purim holiday in Israel is celebrated by dressing in costumes, Ben Gvir was dressed up as a police officer, whereas Strock had disguised herself as Supreme Court Chief Justice Esther Hayut, with a sign reading “Queen Esther,” referring to the heroine of the story of Purim.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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