Independence Day Street Parties – Tel Aviv

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Background: Throughout Israel parades and parities fill the streets on Independence Day Eve. Literally.

Impressions: I’ve never seen anything like this before. The Florentin District (south) in Tel Aviv is famous for its night scene and is littered with bars and clubs. On Independence Day Eve (actually the day because a Jewish day is sundown to sundown), the city blocks off parts of Tel Aviv (Florentin, Rothschild, Jaffa) by stopping traffic and making it a pedestrian only zone. Outdoor bars and speakers then flood into the streets and the districts are turned into giant outdoor clubs, which, for some reason, seem to be all sponsored by Smirnoff. People take to the streets drinking, dancing, and singing. Some have inflatable hammers and hands to hit and slap everyone. Others have foam and bubbles and spray the streets. And oddly enough, I even saw some American flags being flown. It’s a huge contrast to the Memorial Day before, and the change is almost instantaneous. The minute the sun goes down the people come out and switch from mourning to partying. Instantly. And it’s people of all ages: we saw 10-15 year olds, teenagers, parents with small children and babies, and even some elderly. I’ve never seen cities block off streets for giant parties, but this happens in cities throughout Israel. They take their independence very seriously.

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~ by jonathanmtsai on May 10, 2011.

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