After requests from many Shluchim in the Tri-State area, a special Lag B’Omer Parade committee was formed to accommodate the unique needs and preferences of Chabad Hebrew Schools and Day Schools.
It will be run by R’ Menachem Lipsker of Crown Heights who has past experience in organizing children’s events. He was appointed by the parade coordinator Rabbi Shimmy Weinbaum.
“His job is to keep you well informed, to answer any of your questions or concerns and, most importantly, …ensuring that your school has a great experience at the Parade,” an email to the Shluchim said.
The celebration of Lag B’omer with a Jewish children’s parade is a tradition which the Rebbe instituted. When Lag B’Omer was on Sunday, the Rebbe would personally participate and address the parade participants.
Marking 60 years of the Rebbe’s leadership, and in honor of “Shnas Poratzto” 5770, this year’s parade will be celebrated in an unparalleled way.
In an effort to attract as many people as possible, many new features and noted entertainers have been added to this year’s program, which will take place on Sunday, May 2nd.
A complete day of fun and entertainment for all ages will be provided, promising to be, in a physical sense, the greatest parade to date.
“With the help of Hashem, the event will truly make history, being the biggest Lag B’Omer Parade ever,” said Rabbi Sholom Ber Baumgarten of Tzivos Hashem and Rabbi Shimon Hecht of NCFJE.
Some the things the committee has arranged, specifically to accommodate the Chabad Hebrew school needs:
1. Special seating for the children and parents of the Chabad Hebrew/Day Schools has been designated so that they can be seated together, eat lunch together and march together in the parade.
2. The concert will consist of mostly English songs.
3. An option to pre-order lunch has been added.
4. For those who wish to stay after the actual Parade, following the Parade there will be, IY”H, a show with the world famous “Nerveless Nocks,” featuring an amazing motor bike high-wire aerial show, and their highly acclaimed thrilling space wheel.
This will be followed by a carnival, complete with rides, a petting zoo and concession stands. The carnival will take place on Kingston Ave. and will extend as far as Lefferts Park.
5. Parking will be provided for buses and 15 passenger vans.
6. One week before the parade, the Lag B’Omer T-shirts, a detailed map of the entrance/exit and seating, parking arrangements and the marching order, will all be sent to those who register on time.
The nominal fee for the parade is $5.00. Each child will receive a personal packet, including drinks, light refreshments and a t-shirt.
There will be raffles for amazing prizes, including a valuable set of Jewish books and a free helicopter ride.
Basic schedule for Sunday, May 2, 2010:
10:00 All members of your group should be seated
10:15 Concert – MBD, Avrohom Fried, Lipa, and Uncle Moishy
11:00 12 Pesukim
11:25 Video of the Rebbe
11:30 Parade begins
12:30 March in the Parade
1:15 Nerveless Nocks Show and (a specially designated show slot for Chabad Hebrew/Day School)
1:45 Rides and Carnival
To join the Parade, find out more details about the Parade, or to receive Parade flyers, please contact Rabbi Lipsker at 718-915-5193 or [email protected]
For all other info, visit TheGreatParade.com