A cold, wet morning couldn’t dampen the spirit of fun at Congregation Beth Jacob’s annual Purim parade down LaVista Road in Toco Hills. Leading the parade were Persian-clad Beth Jacob Rabbis Ilan Feldman and Yechezkel Freundlich. The parade was followed by one of the many carnivals throughout Jewish Atlanta that helped kick off celebrations of the holiday, running this year from Wednesday night to Thursday night, March 4 and 5. In addition to such usual parade participants as the local synagogues and day schools, including the debut of Atlanta Jewish Academy in place of Greenfield Hebrew Academy and Yeshiva Atlanta, the parade included advocates for a planned playground at Kittredge Park and for the proposed city of LaVista Hills. Yard signs for LaVista Hills, which would include all of Toco Hills, lined the LaVista Road route, along with hundreds of local residents willing to risk some drizzle and shivers for the free candy and sights of the parade.

Photos by Michael Jacobs