The 18th day of the month of Iyar, Lag B’Omer, exemplifies a number of important events relevant to the Jewish nation, such as the “Rashbi’s” departure from this world into a higher state of existence, and the conclusion to a most unusual plague during which Rabbi Akiva’s students died.
This day, throughout Jewish history has been earmarked as a day for education of the youth, love of a fellow Jew, simply because he/she is Jewish, and Jewish unity.
The “Mittler Rebbe”, the second Lubavitcher Rebbe, held this day in very high esteem. He, along with his entourage, would go out into the field and make a “lechaim” over “mashke” (referred to most often as vodka), and would envision outright miracles, most of which had particular relevance to children. They would wait for and anticipate Lag B’Omer the entire year.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe declared that boys and girls all over the world should gather together to form a parade for the sake of Jewish unity and a show of Jewish pride. All of us should firmly decide to bring as many children as possible to a Lag B’Omer parade, and together with them, we should all scream out from the bottom of our hearts, “We want Moshiach now!"
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In light of the above - and in the true spirit of unity - The Great Parade is coming back to the streets of LA!
And this year: it's gonna be bigger and better than ever!
The event will take place on the Lag B'Omer; the 18th day in the Hebrew month of Iyar (corresponding to the 14th of May, 2017). Pico Boulevard (between Doheney and Robertson) will be blocked off in honor of the Rashbi's Yom Hilulla.
The festivities will begin at 10:00 with a children's rally that will includes words of Torah and singing with everyone's favorite uncle, Uncle Moishe and international star Eli Marcus.
Headlining the rally, no doubt, will be the recitation of the 12 Torah passages, led by 12 boys and girls from all over the state of California!
Next up? The Great Parade of course! At 10:30 a.m. everyone will be treated to a potpourri of goodness. We will graced by the presence of servicemen in uniform such as the US Army, LAPD and LAFD. Children and adult marching bands, bagpipes ensembles, steel-drum bands are always something to look forward while the colorful floats, all made by students of local schools, youth groups and synagogues will no doubt be the most memorable part of the parade.
Following the parade a full-blown carnival will be open to the public, complete with mechanical rides, carnival booths and concession stands.
To cap it all off, a concert, headlined by Uncle Moishe and Eli Marcus (and well as one more surprise which we are keeping under wraps!) will make the day one that will forever be remembered.
Don't take our word for it - come and check it out for yourself!
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Can't wait to see you guys there!