Atlanta Jewish Academy brings style, music and fancy Israeli dance moves to the parade.
Sunday, Feb. 25, was not the first time it rained on Toco Hills’ 27th annual Purim Parade & Festival, but as always seems to happen, the heavy precipitation took a break as the time arrived for the parade to start rolling down LaVista Road from the Toco Hill Shopping Center to Congregation Beth Jacob, where the community carnival continued as usual, albeit with a few activities moved inside.
The festivities began about 15 minutes late, but the fun and happiness were right on time for the people who walked or rode the route past hundreds of people dressed up and lined along the road for treats and entertainment.
The Toco Hillbillies, the entry of the Eidex family, was the judges’ pick for the best of the parade.
Photos by Michael Jacobs
Come and listen to a story about the Toco Hillbillies, also known as the Eidex family, the winners for best float in the parade.
While Community Emergency Response Team members and trainees are out in force for the parade …
… the littlest one may be the cutest.
The rain might have dampened expectations, but participants like these riders on the Torah Day School of Atlanta float kept rolling merrily along LaVista Road.
The rain doesn’t stop the crowd from lining LaVista Road.
A princess is never out of place at Purim.
Costumes are a family affair along LaVista Road.
Bnei Akiva sends a clear message for the holiday.
Rabbi Ilan Feldman reflects Beth Jacob’s military theme this year.
Young Israel of Toco Hills Rabbi Adam Starr rocks the big ’80s hair.
With the help of a bubble machine, Congregation Netzach Israel take the float theme under the sea.
Teenage volunteers working one of the inflatables that stayed outside find the festivities groovy.
Pearl, Menny and Henia Schusterman enjoy one of the outdoor carnival rides.
Yossi Ovadia and Lucy Carson serve post-parade food in Heritage Hall.
The rain forced some activities inside, but children doing sand art don’t seem to mind.
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