The annual "Salute to Israel" parade/events began in 1965.
The Story of the Parade 2005
The Salute To Israel Parade, the single largest gathering in the world in support of Israel, will celebrate the 57th Anniversary of the State of Israel on June 5, 2005 on Fifth Avenue in New York City. In the spirit of expressing support for Israel, the Parade theme for this year, in addition to Saluting Israel, will also celebrate 350 years of Jewish community life in America.
"Saluting Israel, Celebrating America...Two Golden Lands"
17 May 1948, New York TImes, pg. 1:
RALLY HELD HERE
"Salute to Israel" Packs"
Garden - 75,000 Crowd
Streets in Rain
AID FOR NEW STATE URGED
Neumann Predicts U. S. Will
Lift Embargo - Taft Calls
for Speedy Assistance
18 April 1949, New York Times, pg. 3:
A "Salute to Israel" will be the theme tomorrow afternoon of the eighth in a series of weekly receptions given by the Roosevelt House League of Hunter College.
5 March 1950, New York Times, pg. 17:
The acceptance by Mayor O'Dwyer of the post of honorary chairman of "salute to Israel," a panoramic pageant sponsored by the Zionist Organization of America in celebration of the first anniversary of Israel's admission to the United Nations, was announced yesterday by Daniel Frisch, president of the organization.
3 March 1965, New York Times, pg. 17:
Independence Cited by 8,000
Youths in Central Park
By IRVING SPIEGEL
The Mall in Central Park echoed yesterday with joyous song and music and the rhythmic beat of youthful dancers in a salute ot Israel's 17th anniversary as a nation. About 20,000 persons roared their approval.
Under a warm sun, 8,000 youngsters marched from Third Avenue and 72d Street to the Mall.
9 May 1966, Chicago Tribune, pg. B16:
Parade in N. Y.
BY GLEN ELSASSER
New York, May 8 - Thousands of children marched and danced their way up Fifth avenue today in a parade marking Israel's 18th anniversary.
21 April 1968, New York
PARADE WILL MARK
Marking the 20th anniversary of the State of Israel, the Salute to Israel Parade will move up Fifth Avenue from 57th to 78th Street next Sunday, beginning 11 A.M.
Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Senator Jacob K. Javits will be in the reviewing stand at 69th Street, Theodore Comet, chairman of the parade, said yesterday.
28 April 1971, New York Times, "Parade Here Salutes Israel's 23d Year" by Irving Spiegel, pg. 21:
The Salute to Israel Parade was sponosred by the American Zionist Youth Foundation, in cooperation with other Jewish secular and religious groups. The first such parade was held here in 1965.