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Sde Boker parade Photo: Roee Idan
Sde Boker parade Photo: Roee Idan

Green Purim parties cause for celebration

Annual Purim parades nationwide take on eco-friendly dress brimming with floats dedicated to environmental causes

Ilana Curiel
Published: 02.24.13, 06:47 / Israel Environment

Israel's traditional Purim parades – the "Adloyada" – took on a vibrant shade of green this year, as many cities decided to hold environmental-themed parades.


On Saturday, thousands attended a parade in kibbutz Sde Boker, in the Negev.


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Sde Boker parade (Photo: Roee Idan)


People of all ages, some who live in the area and some who traveled there especially for the holiday weekend's festivities, enjoyed a wide array of environmental-themed floats and activities, prepared by the local councils' high schools' students.


The festival also marked Sde Boker's 50th anniversary.


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Sde Boker parade (Photo: Roee Idan)


The festival also features a "green sale" of arts and craft made by the students. All proceeds were dedicated to the local high school.


The school has already set up recycling stands, when the parade's "aftermath" will be separated and recycled.  


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Lod parade (Photo: Benny Deutsch)


A similar parade was held earlier in the week in Lod, where festivities also adorned an environmental theme and included a series of floats dedicated to – and made of – recycled materials, such as bottles, plastic and paper.


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Lod parade (Photo: Benny Deutsch)


Hundreds of people attended the colorful parade, which was the first to be produced in Lod in a decade, and was partially sponsored by the Society for Protection of Nature in Israel.


Tom Ziv contributed to this report



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