Adloyoda (Purim Parade), Maale Adumim 2011
Posted by Avital Pinnick on March 21, 2011
I’ve never been to the Adloyoda Purim parade in Maale Adumim before because we don’t have a car, I live about a mile from the main part of Maale Adumim, and Purim morning is usually a very busy time. We have to hear the reading of the Megillah (Book of Esther), give mishloah manot (gifts of food), and organize a festive meal in the early afternoon. This year we were invited to friends for the meal. Because I was making dessert, I had enough time to get to the center of town to photograph the parade. I was also lucky to get a lift from a neighbour.
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One thing I noticed is that because the Adloyoda is a community parade, there isn’t much separation between spectators and parade marchers. The parade was just getting underway (the truck on the right is carrying the mayor) and a little girl stopped to gawk at a performer on stilts. You wouldn’t see something like this in most parades! The organized marchers represent various schools and organizations in Maale Adumim.
The marchers were organized between the library and the community center. I took this photo from the footbridge over the street.
Mayor Benny Kashriel on a truck with posters made by kindergarten children
I have no idea how long these karate students were able to keep up these poses while marching but they were fun to photograph.
These dancers have male “partners” made from cardboard boxes and tubes hanging off their right arms. Clever!
I’m not sure what the white costumes symbolize but their sign says that they are community representatives for the Matnas (community center).
Tomer Rachel school below. Their costume is a pun on the name (tamar = palm).
These guys were the last marchers in the parade and the most visibly religious of the groups, although I noticed that there was a contingent from the Tsemach haSadeh school, a religious school.