31st Purim Parade and Festival, Adar 5783
Community floats, Jewish schools and youth groups, a preschool train, and costumed paraders marched down LaVista Road.
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On Sunday, Feb. 26, floats from synagogues, Jewish schools and youth groups, a preschool train, and costumed marchers paraded jubilantly down LaVista Road, to the delight of cheering spectators along the Purim Parade route.
The 31st annual parade and festival, organized by Congregation Beth Jacob, has become a signature Atlanta Jewish event, attracting crowds from Atlanta and throughout the Southeast who cheered and sang along.
Winners of the float contest were: first place, Torah Day School; second place, the Eidex family; third place, Beth Jacob. The parade, which started from the Toco Hill Shopping Center, culminated at Beth Jacob with games for all ages (including soft-ax throwing contests and bouncing- horse derby races), entertainers, pony rides, train rides, a cyclone swing, face painting, a petting zoo, bounce houses, and kosher food trucks.
Well-known DJ, Zach Givarz, provided music from the stage throughout the festival, sustaining the festive ambience all afternoon. Co-chairs of the parade and festival were Sarah Faygie Berkowitz, Melanie Frank, and Sara Davis.