During the Jewish holiday of Purim, which starts this Saturday at sundown, people dress up in costume and remember the biblical story of Queen Esther, who saved her people from persecution. Friends and family come together to host parties, eat hamantaschen, and watch parades – like the annual Adloyada Purim Parade in Holon.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the national Adloyada Purim Parade in Holon, the country’s central event. The parade will take place on Sunday, March 12, 2017, under the theme “Heroes of our Childhood and Youth.”
“I’m very happy to see that this parade is celebrating 25 years. When I started 25 years ago, Israel didn’t have such a thing. Today, it is a part of the culture of Israel,” Ifat, the national parade’s designer for 23 years, tells ISRAEL21c, at the Holon studio where the floats are being built weeks before the big event. “At the parade, I feel very happy. And as soon as it’s over, I begin to think about next year.”
So, who will be rolling along in this year’s national parade?
Look out for Mary Poppins; The Beatles dressed up as ladybugs (in Hebrew, the band is known as Hachipushiyot, which translates as ladybugs and not beetles); Pippi Longstocking leading a horse with a rider in the image of Adloyada General Manager Doron Shalom; “Frozen” characters Anna, Elsa and Olaf, [and more].