NEW YORK (Jun. 9)
More than 300,000 persons are expected to view the 12th annual “Salute to Israel Parade” on Sunday, an event that will feature 75,000 marchers, 50 floats and 25 bands from throughout the U.S. and Canada. The parade, to begin at 11:00 a.m. at 57th Street and Fifth Avenue, will be keyed to the Bicentennial celebration and will be dedicated to the realization of peace and freedom–a shared dream.
In observing the 28th anniversary of Israel’s independence, the parade, to culminate at 86th Street, will include a number of special attractions that will reflect the struggle–here and in Israel–for freedom and human dignity.
The reviewing stand will be occupied by a host of dignitaries, including Mayor Abraham Beame; Governor Brendan Byrne of New Jersey; New York Lt. Governor Mary Anne Krupsak; State Controller Arthur Levitt; State Attorney General Louis Lefkowitz and U.S. Senators Clifford Case (B.N.J.) and Jacob Javits (R.NY). Special guests will include Simcha Dinitz, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S.; Chaim Herzog, Israeli Ambassador to the UN; and Uri Ben Ari, Consul General in New York.
There will also be a special group of Boy Scouts from Israel, flanked by two American Boy Scout troops, marching together; and a group of 15 high school students from Israel, especially brought to the United States for the Bicentennial year, with a program of music, songs, dance and dramatization.
The chairmen of the 1976 parade are: Robert H. Arnow, Michael J. Lazar, Raymond Patt and Edward Prince. The parade is a project of the American Zionist Youth Foundation, in cooperation with more than 100 Jewish organizations and institutions.