Israel Day Parade includes NY mayoral candidates

NEW YORK (AP) — New York is celebrating Israel today.

Fifth Avenue was a sea of white and blue for the Israel Day Parade.

More than 30,000 marchers and 17 bands walked with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the city’s mayoral candidates — including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former congressman Anthony Weiner.

This year’s theme was “Picture Israel,” with marchers carrying paintings, collages, and tapestries to show the diversity of Israel and its people.

This evening, the Empire State Building is beaming the Israeli colors to celebrate the 1948 creation of the Jewish state.

Also, Israel’s national soccer team is playing the team from Honduras in Queens.

Security was tight along Fifth Avenue. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly watched over the lineup and helicopters hovered overhead.

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155-a-12-(New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, I-N.Y., with reporters at Israeli Day Parade)-”that we need”-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says, in the wake of recent terror related violence, security at the Israeli parade is especially tight. (2 Jun 2013)

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154-a-09-(Anton Gancz, who marched in the Israeli Day Parade, in AP interview)-”the concentration camps”-Anton Gancz, who survived the Holocaust, says he’s proud to march for Israel. (2 Jun 2013)

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153-w-34-(Julie Walker, AP correspondent, with Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., New York mayoral candidate and Sandy Lebowitz, Weiner protester)–New York’s mayoral candidates come out for the Israeli Day Parade, but it’s one candidate that really stood out. AP correspondent Julie Walker reports. ((opens with sound)) (2 Jun 2013)

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152-w-32-(Julie Walker, AP correspondent, with Ben Storch, Holocaust survivor who marched in the Israeli Day Parade)–The Israeli Day Parade drew thousands to New York’s Fifth Avenue in a show of support for the Jewish state. AP correspondent Julie Walker reports. (2 Jun 2013)

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APPHOTO NYR104: New York City mayoral candidate and former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner waves an Israeli flag as he marches up New York’s Fifth Avenue in the Israel Day Parade Sunday June 2, 2013. Weiner has been absent from the annual parade since 2011, when he became entangled in a Twitter scandal involving a below-the-belt photo. “It’s great, if feels great, this is home to me,” he said. “I’m, kind of like a thoroughbred in a stable, ready to hit the starting line.” (AP Photo/Cassandra Giraldo) (2 Jun 2013)

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APPHOTO NYR105: Spectators watch as the Israel Day Parade makes its way up New York’s Fifth Avenue, Sunday June 2, 2013. More than 30,000 marchers and 17 bands walked with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the city’s mayoral candidates – including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former congressman Anthony Weiner. (AP Photo/Cassandra Giraldo) (2 Jun 2013)

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APPHOTO NYR103: New York City mayoral candidate and former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner waves an Israeli flag as he marches up New York’s Fifth Avenue in the Israel Day Parade Sunday June 2, 2013. Weiner has been absent from the annual parade since 2011, when he became entangled in a Twitter scandal involving a below-the-belt photo. “It’s great, if feels great, this is home to me,” he said. “I’m, kind of like a thoroughbred in a stable, ready to hit the starting line.” (AP Photo/Cassandra Giraldo) (2 Jun 2013)

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APPHOTO NYR107: The Israel Day Parade makes its way up New York’s Fifth Ave., Sunday June 2, 2013. More than 30,000 marchers and 17 bands walked with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the city’s mayoral candidates – including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former congressman Anthony Weiner. (AP Photo/Cassandra Giraldo) (6 Feb 2013)

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