May 1, 2010
32,908 Join Parade via COLlive
Photos by Yossi Percia / COLlive photographer in New York

32,908 people from around the world watched COLlive's exclusive live broadcast of the Great Lag BaOmer Parade from 770 Eastern Parkway.

Thousands arrived in Crown Heights on Sunday for the Great Lag BaOmer Parade, marching on behalf of Jewish unity, education and other important Jewish ideals.

The event on May 2, 2010, was held in front of Lubavitch Headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn.

It was a special tribute to the Rebbe, originator of the Parade who placed strong emphasis on the importance of gathering and uniting Jewish people and children.

The parade is a project of Merkos L'inyonei Chinuch, NCFJE and Tzivos Hashem.

For the first time, Chassidic music superstars Mordechai Ben David, Avraham Fried, Lipa Shmeltzer and Uncle Moishy were on stage singing together.

After the concert and the 12 Pesukim, classic favorites including marching bands and beautiful floats as well as the stars of the show, the Jewish boys and girls, marched to Kingston Avenue.

32,908 people tuned in to the live video broadcast presented exclusively on COLlive.com - Chabad Lubavitch Community News Service. Many watched it with their family and friends. A few Shluchim screened it for their Chabad House members.

Yankee Teitelbaum and his camera crew filmed, while Yan Veinblat of Innovision AV provided the feed.

COLlive's editor Yehuda Ceitlin and videographer Levi Hillel flew over in a helicopter with the iParade winner Chaya Lipszyc and winner of the Released Time competition Michael Kakzanov (separate story will be posted).

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MBD Singings Reb Akiva


Avraham Fried: Chazak


MBD & Lipa: Veamarten Koi Lechoi



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Photos by Yossi Percia / COLlive photographer in New York
Photos by Yossi Percia / COLlive photographer in New York




























































































Opinions and Comments
1
THNX!!!!
can't wait to watch!

thanx so so much from LA!!!!!!
(5/1/2010 10:07:44 PM)
2
thanx a billion
someone fro melb
(5/1/2010 10:22:58 PM)
3
PLEASE CAN U PUT A VIDEO OF IT ,
AS I WONT BE ABLE TO GO ON THIS TIME :( PLZ!
(5/1/2010 10:25:50 PM)
4
and
thanks from melbourne!
(5/1/2010 10:25:56 PM)
5
REAL AHAVAS YISROEL!!!
THIS MEANS SO MUCH TO ME NO ONE CAN EVEN UNDERSTAND....THANX COL U ROK!
(5/1/2010 11:08:08 PM)
6
thank you!!!!
thank you from mayanot!!!!!
(5/2/2010 12:01:41 AM)
7
Happy
Looking forward to watching it all the way from the UK
(5/2/2010 12:06:10 AM)
8
yes
can u post a video, in australia its in the middle of the night
(5/2/2010 1:08:52 AM)
9
yasher koach
we thank you from manhathan
(5/2/2010 1:48:29 AM)
10
Sydney, Australia
waiting by computer screen all night! cant wait to see such an exciting event!
(5/2/2010 1:54:05 AM)
11
I cant wat !!!!!!!
I will be there. I have my short and I am ready.
(5/2/2010 1:59:16 AM)
12
Thank you COL!!!
As 10:00am EST in NY is 12:00am (midnight) EST in Melbourne & Sydney - Australia, please can you post the video (or atleast the highlights) of this parade, so that we can enjoy seeing this great event. Leshono Habo BiYerusholayim.....Venizke Zehn Zich Mitn Rebbe'n doh Lematoh.....Now Mamosh!
(5/2/2010 2:18:15 AM)
13
Go berel groner of melbourne australia
did u win?
(5/2/2010 2:24:53 AM)
14
can we watch a video rerun afterwards?
(5/2/2010 2:27:51 AM)
15
amazing
such a kidush hashem
(5/2/2010 2:46:21 AM)
16
thanx
thanx from miami florida
(5/2/2010 2:55:22 AM)
17
thanx
thanx from miami florida
(5/2/2010 2:56:53 AM)
18
toda
toda
(5/2/2010 2:57:49 AM)
19
thank you!!!!!!!!!!!
from europe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(5/2/2010 3:02:02 AM)
20
OMg
CANT WAIT IM ON NOW AND HE SAYS 7 MINUTES!!!! WHY NOT NOW?!?!?!!? IM WIGGLING IN MY CHAIR SO MUCH, I THINK ITS BREAKING!
(5/2/2010 3:08:39 AM)
21
Looking forward to watching it all the way from the canada
(5/2/2010 3:18:33 AM)
22
Watching in London!
Thank you
(5/2/2010 3:26:48 AM)
23
Melbourne
1:00am here in melbourne
thx
(5/2/2010 3:34:35 AM)
24
Amazing!!
Im watching from Brazil and is so awesome!! Loving to be able to watch from here!! I feel like i was there!!
(5/2/2010 3:39:18 AM)
25
Love It!!!
Nice job!!
I love it!!!!!!
(5/2/2010 3:43:48 AM)
26
THANKS COL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(5/2/2010 3:52:13 AM)
27
Owsome
The great parade is being watched in Africa!!!
(5/2/2010 3:57:18 AM)
28
Thanks
The sound is better now!
(5/2/2010 3:58:49 AM)
29
ad mosai?
Beautiful - spetacular. Can't wait for the rebbes apperance.
(5/2/2010 4:04:41 AM)
30

(5/2/2010 4:05:37 AM)
31
AVRAM FRIED
go avram fried! im watching him right now he ROXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXxxx
(5/2/2010 4:10:42 AM)
32
Elki
What an exciting and inspiring event. Top-quality entertainment by any criteria. Thank you, COL, for bringing the parade into my living room.
(5/2/2010 4:12:49 AM)
33
UGH!!!
Trying to connect from Sydney,
Its like we are missing all the fun!!!
Popcorns Popd, staying up... Please have pity!!!!
(5/2/2010 4:14:10 AM)
34
wow
thanks so much!

watching from switzerland
(5/2/2010 4:24:28 AM)
35
Your brother in Israel
Was in Meron last night, now feeling like im already back in crown heights. Amazing!!!
Pleasure to see such incredible achdus!!!

Thanks col and all that made this happen!!!

L T
(5/2/2010 4:36:13 AM)
36
cool
i am watcing from michigan
(5/2/2010 4:37:26 AM)
37
in the north west! thank you so much! =)
(5/2/2010 4:45:26 AM)
38
Thank you
from around the world
(5/2/2010 4:46:38 AM)
39
la rox
yay so happy we can watch u guyz while we enjoy our own parade!
(5/2/2010 4:46:39 AM)
40
watching from
TORONTO!
THIS EVENT ROX!!!
(5/2/2010 4:50:29 AM)
41
Go COL
I am ill at home and coulnd not get to a parade but BH i am watching all the way from Beit Shemesh Israel
Thanks
(5/2/2010 4:52:17 AM)
42
urgent help!!
Anyone using a mac?

The page COLLive.com Live From 770 Eastern Parkway has content of MIME type application/x-oleobject. Because you dont have a plug-in installed for this MIME type, this content cant be displayed.
(5/2/2010 4:53:42 AM)
43
WoW!!
Split screen!!
(5/2/2010 5:26:48 AM)
44
it is so great!!!
It is great to be able to see the parade. Thank you very much from Panama
(5/2/2010 5:28:12 AM)
45
Watching from Mumbai!!
Great Job!!!
(5/2/2010 5:33:19 AM)
46
WOW
that's AMAIZING !!!!!!
thanks so much
from paris france
(5/2/2010 5:38:44 AM)
47
Wish I could have been there
What a beautiful event......At least I was able to watch it remotely
Nathan....Chabad of Town of Oyster Bay
(5/2/2010 5:53:18 AM)
48
Can I?
rewind?
(5/2/2010 5:56:27 AM)
49
Watching from UK
So glad you have nice weather there!!!!
(5/2/2010 5:58:59 AM)
50
thank you
thanks to yoni zigelboum for the song selection of the concert.
(5/2/2010 6:01:56 AM)
51
Thanks so much from me too!
Beautiful event! Extraordinary idea!
(5/2/2010 6:08:01 AM)
52
a witness
did u see after the pesukim????????
(5/2/2010 6:09:31 AM)
53
Watching from Bakersfield
THANK YOU!!!!
(5/2/2010 6:13:15 AM)
54
thank you
thank you it was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!
(5/2/2010 6:14:33 AM)
55
California
Did Chidah Levitansky's band play already?
(5/2/2010 6:14:46 AM)
56
fun
oh that was was sooooooooooooooo much fun
(5/2/2010 6:15:29 AM)
57
hey diamond daveners
hey!!! nice to see u mendy :)
(5/2/2010 6:16:25 AM)
58
wowee
Thank you from Chicago! You make the Rebbe proud!
(5/2/2010 6:16:39 AM)
59
Thank you
(5/2/2010 6:21:32 AM)
60
thanks
from jerusalem
(5/2/2010 6:25:59 AM)
61
It is amazing
The great parade is being watched from Africa and is the best parade I have ever seen
Thank You col!!!
(5/2/2010 6:26:41 AM)
62
is it over?
(5/2/2010 6:29:19 AM)
63
11213
awsome! i dont have to boil in the sun at the parade and i still see my kids
(5/2/2010 6:29:39 AM)
64
thanx
couldn't participate in my hometown..watched entire parade,live,from c.o.l. for 3 and half hrs..was takeh a great parade.yashir koiach..
(5/2/2010 6:30:21 AM)
65
Melbourne
THANKYOU THAT WAS GREAT!!!
(5/2/2010 6:32:06 AM)
66
Thanks from Unce Yossi !!
Uncle Yossi Rabbi Goldstein enjoyed the parade from Poway California!!
(5/2/2010 6:33:26 AM)
67
Watching from London
What a Kiddush Hashem. So proud of you all.
Leshono Habo B'Yerushalayim
(5/2/2010 6:33:49 AM)
68
Yasher Koach!
Laid up in bed and unable to attend local parade in toronto. But it felt great to "participate" by watching the NY GREAT PARADE!!! Thanks!
(5/2/2010 6:39:03 AM)
69
From Venezuela
Thxs alot!!! we enjoyed the parade!!!!
:D
Moshiach NoW!
(5/2/2010 6:41:08 AM)
70
happy Lag
ayyyyyyyy whats everyone watching. I can't see anything from Montana besides some cows. Thank you Hashem from the gorgeous weather I'm watching it live. rks blds
(5/2/2010 6:44:05 AM)
71
wow
this rox
(5/2/2010 6:45:37 AM)
72
thanks from...
bracha, amsterdam!
(5/2/2010 6:46:45 AM)
73
Thank you from Buenos Aires, Argenitna
Making chessidim United Global.
(5/2/2010 6:49:24 AM)
74
thanks from paris
(5/2/2010 6:52:09 AM)
75
Thank you from Adelaide, Australia
Great to be part of it!!
(5/2/2010 6:55:53 AM)
76
thanks from California
Lots of memories...
(5/2/2010 6:58:26 AM)
77
Thank you
Thank you as usual for allowing all of us out of town to be part of the wonderful events happening in Crown Heights... I hope the organizers of the parade thanked you bc you guys deserved it the most!!!!!
(5/2/2010 7:01:14 AM)
78
LONDON
glad you got nice weather in London it was pouring
(5/2/2010 7:03:03 AM)
79
wowowoowowoowoww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
it was amazing from london, england
(5/2/2010 7:14:48 AM)
80
cincinnati
watching from cincinnati!! wowwww
(5/2/2010 7:31:21 AM)
81
To 52
Yes, I was there and saw it. Hashem created everyhing in this world with a purpose and perhaps he created tzfatim to remind us how much we really do need moshiach (perhaps a violent reminder, bit a reminder nonetheless). Moshiach now!
(5/2/2010 7:39:41 AM)
82
fre
thank u 770
(5/2/2010 7:43:35 AM)
83
AMAZING!
THE BEST PARADE!
from san antonio texas :)
(5/2/2010 7:45:50 AM)
84
kids!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
kids kids kids !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(5/2/2010 7:56:27 AM)
85
manchester u.k.
we were busy helping out with event here in manchester u.k. b"h with a great hatzlocha. BUT NOW we are eager to see the event in crown heights, we would really be thankful if you would put a video that we could watch.
(5/2/2010 8:21:00 AM)
86
Michoel
There were over 20,000 log ins to watch on COL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(5/2/2010 8:21:00 AM)
87
dina
I was there and loved every moment of it. Huge crowd, lively and well organized. Even little glitches like the frozen video screen were calmly adressed. It was beautiful and inspiring. Thank you for all the work that went into this. I especialy loved the floats and marching bands, I know how hard the schools worked on them. Great Job.
(5/2/2010 8:21:42 AM)
88
yshar kosach
we watched it with our family and 3 neighbors
hatzlacha rabba umeruba b'gu"r
(5/2/2010 8:22:44 AM)
89
GO RABBI SHIMMY
we know whos really the lifeline behind all this!!!

time to get some sslleeeep :)



-ur bestest BRHS volunteers
(5/2/2010 8:48:45 AM)
90
that was awesome
we loved it thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!
(5/2/2010 8:56:41 AM)
91
an out of towner
is there a way to re-play the video for those who were unable to see it this morning?
(5/2/2010 9:14:20 AM)
92
A Montrealer
Guess what!!!!!! it started getting cloudy....even trickled 3 drops & then NISEI NISSIM! The sun reappeared!!!!
(I guess we should really be happy it didn't snow never mind rain!) Thank You Hashem!!
(5/2/2010 9:15:48 AM)
93
Thanks!!!
I wanna hold onto this amazing feeling of achdus all year round - wow!!!
(5/2/2010 9:23:56 AM)
94
we really enjoyed it!!
wow what an amazing parade-- it really was a gr888888 parade- thank u collive for providing the live feed!! ( and for all those who made the parade the gr8 success that it was)
(5/2/2010 9:34:14 AM)
95
WOW!
Looks like the BIG PARADE was a BIG HIT!!!!
(5/2/2010 9:42:10 AM)
96
Shlomo
Thank you Ha-shem for the beautiful weather! Thank you for giving us the opportunity in making a gigantic Kidush Ha-shem and Kidush Shem Lubavitch! I'm confident that both The Rebbe and Rabbi J.J. Hecht were most satified and happy with the outcome. Now, how about Moshiach,,??!! Once and for all!!!... IT'S PAST DUE,,,PLEASE REMIT,,, SEND MOSHIACH NOW!!!
(5/2/2010 10:13:04 AM)
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uncle moishy
where i uncle moishy?
(5/2/2010 10:37:05 AM)
98
Tehilim for Rubashkin
Hope somebody has a video of the tehilim of this thousands of people for Rubashkin to show the judge!!!!!!! Beautiful!
(5/2/2010 10:38:47 AM)
99
yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
notice choni grunblatt the most voted jewish star in one of the pictures!!!!!!!!!!
love you brother!!!!!!!!
nej
(5/2/2010 10:57:34 AM)
100
amazing
(5/2/2010 11:05:52 AM)
101
amazing
it was beyond fantastic!!! go Rodelleh and Bracha!!! smile-so-square!!! u guyz rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the parade was awwwwwwwwwwweeeeeeesuuuummmmmmmmmmm
(5/2/2010 11:06:34 AM)
102
Hi Spacey
Goooo Spacey!!! Glad to see you know whats flying ;)
Love... Guess who? :)
(5/2/2010 11:09:08 AM)
103
WOW!!!!!!
Great Big Parades Rock!!!!!!!!!
(5/2/2010 11:13:21 AM)
104
thanks from amsterdam
we feel like we were there
(5/2/2010 11:16:23 AM)
105
benbennnn
benny i miss youuuu
Tia M.
(5/2/2010 11:25:27 AM)
106
omg wow
(5/2/2010 11:29:49 AM)
107
To # 40
I live in toronto. Whats ur last name maybe i know you.
(5/2/2010 11:52:40 AM)
108
To # 44
Are you the Banayans? If you aren't forget this but if u are... this is Shaina in Toronto! ;)
(5/2/2010 11:53:45 AM)
109
really
cool
(5/2/2010 11:56:02 AM)
110
were is duchmens
israel
(5/2/2010 12:13:42 PM)
111
Heyyyy
Thats Choni Grunblatt with his son, I saw him walking around..
(5/2/2010 12:16:21 PM)
112
cool!
it waz a blast!!!!!!!!!!
(5/2/2010 12:17:25 PM)
113
cool!
it waz a blast!!!!!!!!!!
(5/2/2010 12:17:30 PM)
114
333
cool
(5/2/2010 12:21:25 PM)
115
wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!
this thing was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(5/2/2010 12:44:44 PM)
116
Uncle avremel
You rock!!!!
(5/2/2010 12:51:23 PM)
117
Some1 from crown heights
It was realy funny!!!!!!!!
(5/2/2010 12:55:44 PM)
118
parade
wow that was cool
(5/2/2010 1:15:33 PM)
119
Go Ari Raskin-Morristown
Beautiful Float! Amazing!
(5/2/2010 1:22:46 PM)
120
COOL
from ann arbor
(5/2/2010 1:31:42 PM)
121
shlucha
I would love for my kids to be able to see a rerun of the video. so they should see what a real lag b'omer parade is. We were not able to watch it live since we were doing our event just then.
(5/2/2010 1:33:59 PM)
122
plo
now this is what i call amazing photography! loved the first few esp the one with MBD and A Fried.
(5/2/2010 1:36:38 PM)
123
DRC :)
Go Hershy (for heading them) and Sholom! Great DRC's :)
(5/2/2010 1:43:53 PM)
124
That was great!
I had participated in the great event! IN THE BOILING HOT SUN! (and yes, to 93 - it did rain 3 drops), they even gave out sun-tan-lotion!!! hope to see u there next year - again! (next year lag baomer is also sunday!!!)
n'eNow
(5/2/2010 1:54:23 PM)
125
bennnnnnnnyyyyyyyy
come back..i miss u.....!!!!!
tia broji
(5/2/2010 2:30:25 PM)
126
few comments
love the concert
but i not happy with the organization
i would not move around - very dangerous on the sidewalks
and 5 pp from our chabad house were literally crushed trying to enter a bike show that was 1 hour late
if we are going to open these things up then we must do better
(5/2/2010 2:35:10 PM)
127
friend
SOOO beautiful!!
- I spy one very gorgeous Marcela! :) You guys look like you had a blast!
(5/2/2010 3:25:44 PM)
128
OHEL CHANA MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA
THANKS FOR POSTING IT WE WERE UP ALL NIGHT WAITING TO SEE IT!!!
SPOT THE FAMILY!!!!!!!
THANKS! (CAN YOU PUT MELBOURNE PARADE UP????
(5/2/2010 4:11:22 PM)
129
Thank you JCM
Thank you great people who took this amazing initiative and brought so much pride to todays Jewry and so much Nachass to our Rebbe
Sincerely,
TOD
(5/2/2010 5:18:03 PM)
130
italia
bellisssimo!!!!
thank you col!!!!
(5/3/2010 12:05:53 AM)
131
frumma
Three cheers for Chabad! There are no boundaries to what we can accomplish, bsimcha!
(5/3/2010 6:51:35 AM)
132
to #126
If you really care about the Chabad experience of others, then perhaps send Tzivos Hashem and/or NCFJE a letter with some constructive criticism as opposed to commenting on this website as it is read by many people, from both the Chabad community and not.
Now, concerning the "dangerous sidewalks" that you mention. If you are referring to the parade on Eastern Parkway, then the service road closer to Lincoln Place was open to pedestrians and had ample room to move about. I went there with my stroller and had no issues at all.
If someone chose to go on the sidewalk right off the route of the parade, well then yes it was crowded as anyone would imagine it to be. One kind of has to know what they are getting themselves into. Anyone who felt that they would rather move about in a less-squished manner had the option of using the above-mentioned service road across the street.
If you are referring to the squished sidewalks at the fair, then I would have to agree with you that it was quite tight in some areas. One does have to remember though, that the police department is the one who OK's the street closing and perhaps they did not allow the wider street of Empire Blvd to be closed down. I do not know this for a fact.
In any case, being that the walking areas were a bit squished at the fair one could have a good attitude and deal with what is in a positive way, as opposed with trying to deal with what you felt should have been.
I am not sure if the "litterally crushed" is a bit of an exageration on your part, or if it really actually happened. Either way, it would be more beneficial and more appropriate if you addressed this to the parade organizers directly.
Let us not publicly damper such a beautiful parade that many individuals surely worked on for months.
Lots of hatzlacha in your Chabad House.
Moshiach NOW!!!!! :-)
(5/3/2010 7:45:52 AM)
133
GOOOO shaina's father...oooooh, famous!
(5/3/2010 10:38:31 AM)
134
GO MUSHKY RODAL!!!
(5/3/2010 2:53:57 PM)
135
whoa!!!
GO BETZALEL!!!!
(5/4/2010 1:32:18 AM)
136
hazak
(5/5/2010 10:18:48 AM)
137
wow
go dovid and mendel pewzner
(5/5/2010 12:40:17 PM)
138
Ma Mamarim
I'm learnin' it!

It's awesome! So funny!
(5/5/2010 5:11:06 PM)
139
amazing!!!!
shalom from Odessa!!!!!!
(5/7/2010 10:55:55 PM)
140
SRULI STOCK FROM D MI
NOT BAD
(5/21/2010 7:41:17 AM)
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