Every year some million people attend the Salute to Israel Parade, to watch colorful floats and marching bands paint the city blue and white.
New York City's annual Israeli Day Parade kicked off Sunday. Also known as the Salute to Israel Parade, the event is held each summer to celebrate the creation of the state of Israel.
The beginning of the parade is traditionally marked by the blowing of shofarot (rams horns). About a million spectators gather each year to watch some 100,000 participants paint the city blue and white with colorful floats and marching bands. According to parade organizers, it is the only Jewish event in New York that draws Jews from all religious sectors.