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Parade, Radio Spoofs and Rain Mark Purim Holiday in Israel

Much of Tel Aviv was closed to traffic Thursday for the annual Adloyada, the Purim parade.

Thousands of marchers, scores of floats and giant helium-filled balloons imported from the Far East wound along Ben Yehuda Street and Allenby Road. A day-long drizzle that made the pavements slick did not dampen the carnival atmosphere.

The news media introduced an April Fools’ Day note. Israel Radio broadcast, with no hint of levity, a report that the Tel Aviv Maccabi basketball team had been sold to a Canadian millionaire and would be transferred to the United States, to play in National Basketball Association tournaments as the “Bronx Sabras.”

Later, the army radio reported that the Transport Ministry decided to replace all male taxi drivers with women, because male drivers were too aggressive toward tourists.

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