It’s an annual tradition marching up Fifth Avenue. The Salute to Israel (now called Celebrate Israel) Parade on Sunday marks the nation’s 63rd year of independence.
WWOR/Channel 9 will cover the festivities from noon to 2 p.m. led by sister station WNYW/Channel 5 anchor John Huddy as the host. He’ll be joined by MTV Europe VJ Becky Griffin, who will interview guests and those in attendance.
The broadcast features 30,000 marchers from 160 participating organizations, 40 bands and floats, and notable Israeli and American talent.
The parade’s website says hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to line the streets.
“We are proud to celebrate our many diverse communities and to share the first-ever televised Celebrate Israel Parade with our viewers. The rich culture and festive display brings history to life,” WWOR General Manager Lew Leone said in a statement.
The two-hour LIVE broadcast will be simulcast on Israeli news sites such as Mako, the companion site of Israeli TV’s Arutz Shtayim, and Ynet, Yediot Ahronot’s website. To commemorate this annual event and honor the State of Israel, the Empire State Building will shine its tower lights in blue and white throughout the weekend.
“The live telecast on My9 gives us an opportunity to reach additional audiences, added Michael Miller, executive vice president and CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. “Hopefully, those watching at home will be energized by what they see, and if they are able, it will encourage them to join us on Fifth Avenue next year.”