Holon's Purim Adloyada_390.
(photo credit: Courtesy Ora Lapidot )
The country’s largest Purim parade, Holon’s Adloyada, will be rolling out at
noon on Thursday, March 8. The Adloyada is marking its 20th anniversary with the
theme Tastes of Childhood, a unique “food festival” that will whet the appetites
of children and adults alike.
This year, the Adloyada is being held in
conjunction with the Nickelodeon children’s channel and the Food
Channel. Nickelodeon will be holding a contest for kids about the
At 11 a.m., before the Adloyada begins, there will be an array
of theatrical vehicles that will traverse the parade route and warm up the
Then, to the sound of the popular Israeli song “Food and More
Food,” the 20th annual Adloyada in Holon will begin. Some 6,000 participants –
huge balloons, floats and other mobile installations, artists, actors, bands,
wind musicians, drummers, dancers, acrobats, skaters and more – will march in a
Purim display that will feature everything that kids love to eat.
stars of the Adloyada are the floats and other mobile installations, many of
which will change shape right in front of the crowds – moving up and down,
opening and coming apart.
The parade will begin with a huge display to
mark the Adloyada’s 20th anniversary, featuring Holon’s child mascot and giant
sculptures from past parades. The procession will continue with a two-meter-high
Popeye holding his fortifying can of spinach. He will be followed by a huge
portion of felafel, with the pita opening and closing, from which a group of
dancers will emerge to entertain the crowd.
After that comes a schnitzel
on its own float, followed by representations of Israeli gourmet, with large
likenesses of chefs Yisrael Aharoni, Shaul Ben- Aderet, Moshe Segev and Eyal
Shani cooking their way through the crowd in a huge steaming pot.
Pan will make an appearance on a rotating float filled with massive portions of
ice cream, candy, chocolate and Krembos. Sponge Bob will also march in the
parade, accompanied by 20 little Sponge Bobs and the children who won the
Nickelodeon channel’s recipe contest.
In reference to last summer’s
social protest, there will be a float dedicated to dairy products. In the midst
of the float, giant puppets that represent Binyamin Netanyahu and and Avigdor
Lieberman will be milking a colossal cow, surrounded by stacks of cheeses,
puddings and ice cream bars.
Fast food will hold a place of honor in the
form of a gigantic hamburger being eaten by an even larger boy, which will also
open to discharge dancers to delight the spectators. This will be followed by a
health food float, featuring a giant sculpture of fruits and vegetables. A float
dedicated to international cuisine is comprised of a rotating globe bearing
pictures of kids from all over the world eating their favorite traditional
foods, such as Italian pasta, Japanese sushi, Tahitian pineapple and Swiss
The floats will be accompanied by thousands of performers from
Holon and all over Israel, such as dance troupes, gymnasts, marching bands,
acrobats, bikers and skaters. They will all be wearing food-related costumes.
Look for them dressed like candy, chocolate, popsicles, vegetables, dairy
products and other foods.
The Adloyada parade will march the length of
Holon’s Sokolov Street and end on Weizmann Street at the corner of Leon Blum
Street. After the parade, there will be a huge street party with music,
acrobatics and pyrotechnics in the plaza across from City Hall on Weizmann
During the two days of Purim, there will also be creative
workshops for all ages in Weizmann Square: Thursday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m., and on Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
After the Adloyada, the
floats will remain on display until March 12 at the Mediatheque plaza at 6 Golda
Meir Street in Holon.