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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

My First Yom Yerushalyim Parade

Sometimes, work has more perks than just a paycheck. The husband and I work in the center of Jerusalem, right on the corner of Yafo and Agripus. So, we're really right on the middle of everything. We work weird hours. Most days, it's from 4:00PM-12:30AM, and other days, we work from 7:30AM-4:00PM. For the past week, I had been pretty bummed that we would have to work on both nights of Yom Yerushalyim, when all the parades and festivals were going on. Well, we got around that very nicely last night. The parade down Yafo and King George, to celebrate 40 glorious of the reunification of Jerusalem, started at 6:00. So, at about 6:30, the husband and I took our breaks and walked down the street and got to enjoy most of the parade. I'm going to put up some pictures. It was awesome and a lot of fun. There were kids marching from every regional council in the country. There were floats and music. It was just great. I was very saddened to hear that Jerusalem doesn't put on a parade for Yom Yerushalyim every year. They did this year for the 40th anniversary. I think they should have this every year.

Anyways, it doesn't stop there. After we got off work at 12:30, we decided that we were going to check on the other goings-on. The Yom HaStudent concert was over, and the concert in Gan Sacher was clearing out. But, the events at the Kotel were just about to get under way. So, we drove over there. We were going to stay for the whole thing, but it started to rain and got really cold that we decided to go home. All in all, it was such an awesome day. And, WE STILL WORKED 8.5 HOURS!!!











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14 Comments:

At 2:40 PM, Blogger Rafi G said...

wow. you should submit this post to the j pix carnival...

 
At 2:58 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Wow. Great photos, OC.

 
At 7:58 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Thanks guys. Rafi, how do I submit them?

 
At 10:44 PM, Blogger Brian said...

Personally, I found the behavior of many of the "Flag Dance" people disgusting. The Palestinians were basically taking the approach of ignoring the whole thing - there was no call for the jeering and what I presume were in-your-face calling in Hebrew. The IDF guys tried to keep a lid on it, though with mixed results.

There's patriotism, and then there's rank nationalism. Today was dedicated to the latter, and it was mostly pretty ugly.

 
At 3:34 AM, Blogger Ezzie said...

Great shots. I have some similar ones from my 2nd year in Israel when I left OJ to check it out... it was great. :)

 
At 7:43 AM, Blogger Chai18 said...

wow, all i can say is that even despite the rain it looked like it was amazing

 
At 3:29 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

brian, what the hell are you talking about???

 
At 6:39 PM, Blogger Brian said...

My view of certain parts of the flag procession as they passed Damascus Gate.

 
At 10:45 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

You said that you "presume" there was name calling. Do you know it for a fact?

 
At 1:02 AM, Blogger Brian said...

They were yelling something towards the Arabs, and the soldiers started trying to get them to stop. Based on my overall read of the situation, as well as that of the friend I was with, I doubt they were inviting them over for tea. I admit, however, it was a minority.

 
At 2:18 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Then, why bring it up?

 
At 12:44 AM, Blogger Brian said...

Because at the time I was upset.

 
At 8:44 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

OK, but why did you bring it up here? Were you trying to ruin a good time for everyone because of a few people who you "presume" did something that upset you? Do you think that negativity is warranted?
-OC

 
At 11:34 AM, Blogger Esther said...

The agricultural Councils parade takes place every year, generally one day before Yom Yerushalayim.
Olah Chadasha, welcome to Israel and Jerusalem.
Esther

 

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