NY Politicians March at Israel Day Parade

NEW YORK (AP) -
Mayor Bill de Blasio marches up Fifth Avenue on Sunday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Mayor Bill de Blasio marches up Fifth Avenue on Sunday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

A boisterous feast of floats, music and dancing highlighted Sunday’s 50th Israel Day Parade, led by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, Israeli diplomats and seven members of the Knesset.

Awash in white and blue — the colors of Israel’s flag — tens of thousands of onlookers cheered the celebration that also featured a model of an Israeli spacecraft.

“Every year is special, because it’s important that people come and stand with Israel,” said Dr. Nadav Traeger, a physician from Queens who said he has attended the parade more than 20 times.

A flyover salute using 16 planes was canceled at the last minute.