What began with a trip to the park for Getzy Fellig of Avenue J at Chabad of the Grove, turned into a Marlins staff member putting on Tefillin, who then agreed to host The Great Parade in Miami, with one week to the event.
In the incredibly short time frame, the Chabad community of Florida came together in strength, unity and numbers.
Event organizers Pinny Andrusier, Getzy Fellig, Mordy Feiner, Shmuly Klein, Mendy Weiss, Mendy Levy and Shlomie Denburg worked around the clock together with their fellow Shluchim to put this first of a kind program together.
8,700 people joined for the festivities, as the entire ball park was transformed into a center of Jewish pride. 30 amusement rides were laid out through out the premises, scoreboards were transformed into screens of light and the field of dreams was turned into a field of inspiration and Jewish growth.
Local schools, Seminaries, Yeshivas, Mesivtas and Chabad Houses built beautiful floats, which paraded down the street led by the hilarious Marlins mascot, Billy the Marlin and hall of famer Andre Dawson.
3,000 children had a chance to run around the diamond like the pros. A children’s rally and simulcast of the NY Great Parade prominently presented on the Park’s scoreboard added a message of unity across thousands of miles.