5/15/17

IMPORTANT INFO REGARDING THIS SUNDAY




Dear Community Sheyichiyu,
We look forward to greeting you at the Lag B’Omer Parade, celebrating the Yom Hillula of the Rashbi - Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. To ensure a successful day, please review the following and communicate this to your parent body.

THINGS TO KNOW:
a.            The program will begin 10:00 a.m.
b.            Remember to put on sunscreen before arriving.
c.            Come early, allowing your group enough time to find and settle in your seats before the program begins and ensuring the program begins “BeRov Am Hadras Melech – In Grand Fashion”, as befitting an L.A. Lag B’Omer Parade.
d.            Each school is responsible to designate an area for their group to meet before and after the parade - and communicate this to their group
e.            Parade ushers will be on hand at the 2 entrances of the seating area throughout the program to greet and escort all groups to their designated zone and seating areas. They can be identified by the ‘Usher’ tags.
f.             Everyone attending the parade and not a part of a group or school are welcome to join one of the ‘standing areas’ open to the general public (see the floor plan for details).
g.            All chairs facing Beis Chaya Mushka (i.e. ‘770’) are reserved for group and schools and with advanced reservation only. Refer to the floor plan to know which zone your group/school will be sitting (attached). Anyone attending the parade and is not part of a group or school are welcome to stand in any one of the ‘standing areas’ marked on the floor plan.
h.            The parade route will drive thru the middle lanes of Pico Blvd.
i.             A change has been made to this year’s parade; the parade route will drive in the opposite direction than past years; from Robertson towards Doheny.
j.             Make sure that all members of your group, including adults, remain seated during the entire program and parade procession, allowing everyone behind to see as well.
k.            Following the procession, groups/schools will have a chance to march. Please refer to the section entitled “The Great Children’s March” for details.


SAFETY
a.           A security firm has been hired to ensure the safety of everyone. Hatzala and Shmira volunteers will be on hand as well. Security officers and the parade staff are there for your safety and ensure the success of the parade. Please follow their instructions should they ask or direct you to a different area (i.e. to stand or sit, etc).
b.           By order of the LAFD and fire marshal, no one is permitted in or along the parade route, except for parade staff, to direct parade proceedings and procession.


PROGRAM
a.            The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a 30-minute rally. The program will include:
                                                     i.      Video of the Rebbe
                                                    ii.     Divrei Bracha
                                                   iii.     12 Pesukim
                                                   iv.     Sing with with Eli Marcus
                                                    v.      Thank you to the event Sponsors
b.            The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. and expected to last about 45 minutes to an hour. The parade’s procession will feature:
                                                     i.     Cheerful Clowns
                                                    ii.     Marching Bands
                                                   iii.     Colorful Floats
                                                   iv.     Featurettes
c.            Following the parade (around 11:15 a.m.) each school and group will have the chance to march. We ask again from all groups and school leaders to ensure that all members of your group, including all adults remain seated during the entire program and parade procession so everyone behind can see as well.


THE GREAT CHILDREN’S MARCH
The Great Lag B'Omer Parade will conclude with the marching of all schools and groups. There are several changes to the marching from previous years:
a.            Groups/schools will be dismissed by zones in the following order: #1 (Friendship Circle), #14, #13, #12, #11, #10, #9, #8, #7, #6, #5, #4, #3 and #2.
b.         Groups enter the parade route from the gate directly in front of them one zone and one group at a time; gates will be unlocked and opened, allowing groups and schools easier access to the parade route.
c.            Upon entering the parade route, make a left and begin marching towards Doheny. 20 ft. before Doheny groups will make a right "U-Turn" into a second parade lane (see floor plan) where groups/schools continue marching towards Robertson (i.e., the parade route is turned into two-way foot-traffic).
d.            All groups and schools are to remain in their seats until the zone’s usher directs the group leader/principal leader to enter the parade route.
e.            The general public are welcome to join the marching after all of the schools and groups have marched.
f.             Make sure that members of your group/school take all your belongings before leaving the parade. The parade organizers take no responsibility for any lost items or belongings.
g.            Following their march, schools and group make their way to their meeting point designated by the principal/group leader from where they will dismiss everyone.
We hope you enjoy the great day of Lag B'Omer, wishing you continued nachas and with heartfelt prayers for Moshiach now!


THE GREAT LAG B’OMER OF LOS ANGELS COMMITTEE, 5777/2017











5/12/17

BREAKING NEWS! THE TIGER SQUADRON TO MAKE A CAMEO APPEARANCE AT THE GREAT LAG B'OMER PARADE!





Bigger and better? Check.

Greater than ever? Check.

Planes with a fly-over? Check.

Whaaaaa?!?!?!

Yes! you heard right! Foro the first time ever, the Great Lag B'Omer Parade will take to the skies of Los Angeles and kick off the parade with a dazzling arial show by the one and only Tiger Squadron Air Show!

This is something you DEFINITELY will not want to miss!

Moshiach had better not be late for this!!

MARCHING SIGN CONTEST - THE WEINGARTENS





Proud Jews, proud soldiers in Hashem's army and Jews busy doing Mitzvos... All set for the Great Lag B'Omer Parade! A job well done by the Weingarten trio; Chava, Matti and Tali!

Keep them coming!

MARCHING SIGN CONTEST - SHMULY CUNIN, AVREMEL LEVITANSKY & LEVY RAV-NOY



The trio of Shmuly Cunin, Avremel Levitanksy & Levi Rav-Noy are certainly in the Lag B'Omer spirit as they puts forth thier entry towards the marching sign contest!

And if this is the Rebbe's parade should we not have the Rebbe as the center of the marching sign... way to go chevra!

Only one question: who is holding the sign by the parade?

Oh! That's smart... You're taking turns!!!

THE GREAT LAG B'OMER PARADE THEME SONG!

Sung by Levik Loschak & Mendel Cunin. Lyrics by Moishy Cohen, Yigal Begun (circa 2011. Updated lyrics for this year's parade by T.L.O.)

MARCHING POSTER - CHAIM ABEND & MEIR WEUNSCH





Two are certainly better than one! And the creativity certainly shows!

Here is Chaim Abend and Meir Weunch from Cheder Menachem's 4th grade wit htheir colorful and 'Lag B'Omer' themed marching poster.

Keep it comin'!

MARCHING SIGN - MOOKIE GLICKEN



As the final hours tick away we  get another submission for our marching poster contest: Mookie Glicken!

Colorful and artistic, if I may say so myself.

The competition thickens!

PICTURES OF THE DAY - YOEC ZAL & MESIVTA FLOATS COMING TO LIFE!
















MARCHING SIGN CONTEST - MENDY MORRIS



Only a few hours left and Mendy Morris comes in with a nice, straight-forward marching poster, reminding everyone of the importance of putting on Tefillin!

I liike!!!

5/11/17

THE JEWISH HOME WITH A FEATURE ON THE UPCOMING LAG B'OMER PARADE - BIGGER AND BETTER!




The accolades of this year's upcoming parade just keep comin'!

Go on over to The Jewish Home and see what the hype is all about!

Only 4 days left! Can't wait!!!

VIDEO - WE ARE MARCHING TOGETHER, FEATURING RMD & ELI MARCUS



EXCLUSIVE! RABBI CUNIN SHARES A PERSONAL LAG B'OMER STORY WITH THE REBBE




LAG B'OMER IN LA MAKES HEADLINES IN NEW YORK - AND THE WORLD


COLLive.com, a leading Chabad website has been the Chabad community - and the broader Jewish community at large - informed of the latest and greatest.

It was a matter of time before they found out about the Great Lag B'Omer Parade in Los Angeles (we couldn't keep it's secret for too much longer.



Thank you COLLive for the write-up! Let's hope that the end-game is met; more Jews come to the rally and parade as a result of this positive exposure.

Oh, and COLLive, for the record we have three things coming to the parade that you guys in NY 'got nothing on'!

You wanna know what? Check back into to us tonight for the hint.

(And for our readers, feel free to drop in on our little 'twitter-war' with COLLive by following us wit the twitter handle @LagBomerLA   )

Here's the link to The Great Lag B'Omer Parade in LA article on COLLive.com

5/10/17

VIDEO - REHEARSAL OF THE CHEDER MENACHEM MARCHING BAND


LOOKING FOR A MOTHER'S DAY ACTIVITY?


The streets of Hollywood will be getting a dose of Holy Wood on Sunday, 14th of May with floats, inspiration and top of the line Jewish entertainment. Chabad in Los Angeles is once again organizing The Great Parade in honor of Lag BaOmer, the Yartzeit of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, which coincides this year with Mother's Day 2017. 

 Chabad is channeling the day to encourage Jewish families to come together to the event on the corner of Pico and Robertson, in front of the West Coast 770, "to make your mother proud." Singers Uncle Moishy and Eli Marcus will be entertaining the event which will include a street fair, ride, carnival games and kosher food concessions.



THE GREAT LAG B'OMER PARADE INTROS... THE GREAT FAIR!


THIS SUNDAY, LAG B'OMER - MOTHERS DAY
Family fun excitement during the largest Jewish Unity LA has ever seen! 

3 TIMES - WHAT A CHARM! ROSS HARPER AND ISLAND-TIME STEEL DRUM BAND ARE BACK FOR A 3RD ROUND!


He certainly is a fan-favorite around here!

Yes my friends, Mr. Ross Harper and his Band will be returning for their 3rd round at the great parade! And boy are we looking forward!

To those with an untrained eye, all you see is a large metal bowl (a heavy one at that) hanging around the musician's neck. However once the music begins to play the music and sound is something that you have never experienced before. Truly tropical!

The steel drums are a unique musical instrument. Most drums are used to play percussion, but steel drums, also known as steel pans, are used to play melodies, too. They originated on the island of Trinidad around the time of WWII and are a big part of the festivals there each year.

After the tremendous response and clamor for his return, the Great Parade decided to up the ante and asked Mr. Harper how we can make his performance even better.

His response: a bigger band!

So expect a few more 'panners' and more power. Oh, and can you guess what song will be played?

Feel free to leave your answer in the comments. The first correct response will receive a $5 voucher to the Lag B'Omer carnival!

See u there!


VIDEO:

Highlights from The Great Parade 5774/2014




Highlights from The Great Parade 5773/2013








CLOWN CONTEST - MENDEL WUENSCH



Whow! Whata way to kick off our grand clown contest!

Mendel can't seem to wait for Lag B'Omer as he puts his best foot forward; from the clown hair, to the make-up, all the way down to the shoes!

But my best part: that's a proud Jewish clown with those Tzitzis hangin' low!

That's 10 points in my book!

So far Mendel is in the lead. Anyone ready to challenge him as 'Top Clown'?

MARCHING SIGN CONTEST - CHAIM KRAMER


And our first submission of the year is quite the creative one.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe's initiated the now-famous "Mitzvah Campaigns", encouraging Jews around the world to strengthen their adherence to Torah and Mitzvos, with a special emphasis on specific Mitzvos.

In this poster, Chaim surrounds the world with labels of all 10 of the Rebbe's Mitzva campaigns.

Nice!

Come back for more posts on posters!

5/7/17

THEY'RE BACK - THE PASADENA SCOTS!





4 years is a long time. For the Los Angeles Jewish community that number represents the last time they hosted The Great Lag B'Omer Parade.

So there's no wonder why there's such a buzz in the streets. When crowds gather and discuss the upcoming parade they begin to reminisce the good memories; the floats, the marching bands, the festive atmosphere, the pride and joy of Jewish life and traditions...

One memory the public can't stop talking about is a group of Scottish bag pipers; was that ever a treat!

You see, it's not often one gets to see or hear the trademark instrument of the Scottish people. Having a group of 7 pros taking part in the grand Lag B'Omer parade was truly memorable.





Well, whadayknow - They're coming back, and better than ever!

That's right! The Pasadena Scottish Pipes and Drums will be making an encore appearance, this time with a full 10-12 piece band.

"There's really nothing like it in the world," shared Dovi Gorelik, one of the parade organizers who was instrumental in securing the piper's return. "I remember how they sounded last time and trust me - doubling the band will take the experience to a whole new level!"

Well, there's only one way to find out. You gotta come and hear it for yourself.

Lag B'Omer: Sunday 18th of Iyar (May 14th). Rally @ 10:00 a.m., Parade @ 10:30 a.m.

See you there!



Below: Video highlights of the Pasadena Scots Pipes and Drums performing at the Great Lag B'mer Parade in the heart of Los Angeles, 5774/2014



5/5/17

MARCHING SIGN CONTEST 5777


Once again, the Great Parade is proud to announce the start of their Marching Sign contest.

The contest is open to all, regardless of age.

All you gotta do is to design (by hand or digitally) an original, hand-held marching sign that you will use when marching in the parade. Take a picture of you holding the sign and send it to our email address: LagbomerLA@gmail.com

The top 5 posters will entitle the winner to $5 towards the carnival whereas the winner will receive $20 in tickets.

The deadline is fast approaching so... Let's get to it!

CLOWN COSTUME CONTEST 5777



You asked - we listened!

Once again, the Great Parade of LA will be holding it's grand Clown Costume contest!

The contest is opened to all boys ages 6-12.

All you gotta do is get dressed up as the most creative and fun clown, get a picture taken of you and email it to the Great Parade office: LagbomerLA@gmail.com.

The top 10 entries will have a chance to join the parade's procession as one of our features.

So whatchya waiting for!?! Start clownin' around!

IMPORTANT INFO REGARDING THIS SUNDAY

Dear Community Sheyichiyu, We look forward to greeting you at the Lag B’Omer Parade, celebrating the Yom Hillula of the Rashbi - Rab...