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Press Release: May 19, 2010 - Picture by HBO

Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion and future rabbi YURI FOREMAN will serve as a Grand Marshall of the 2010 annual Salute to Israel Parade, the world’s largest public gathering in celebration of Israel, celebrating the 62nd anniversary of Israel with a spectacular parade featuring song, dance, floats and props.

The Parade is scheduled to take place This Sunday! May 23rd; from 11 AM to 4 PM; starting at 57th Street on Manhattan ’s Fifth Avenue ; rain or shine; with close to 1,000,000 spectators expected to attend. Foreman is expected to start riding up the Fifth Avenue parade route at 1 PM.

Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs), Israel's first world boxing champion, defends his title against three-time world champion and the pride of Puerto Rico, Miguel Cotto (34-2, 27 KOs), Saturday, June 5, in the main event of "Stadium Slugfest" -- the inaugural brawl at Yankee Stadium. Foreman vs. Cotto will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/ 7:15 p.m. PT

This year’s Parade will highlight the many and varied dimensions of Israel ’s ongoing heritage through its creative theme: “Lights… Camera… Action… ISRAEL !”

With shofar blowers opening the festivities, spectators will delight in the more than 30 beautifully designed floats, 20 high-stepping marching bands and scores of motorcycle riders bearing Israeli flags. You’ll think you’re at the movies as banners made to look like movie reels pass by and classic movie titles like “Independence Day” morph into Israel-themed versions, like “Israel Independence Day.” American and Israeli dignitaries, community leaders, celebrities, artists and special guests from Israel will also join the throngs of marchers. The Parade will also feature a variety of Israeli celebrities, including Foreman, NBA basketball player Omri Casspi, and model Adi Neumann.

From its beginning in 1964, the Salute to Israel Parade has been a public affirmation of solidarity with and support of Israel , as well as an expression of unity within the American Jewish community, transcending religious and political affiliations. The Salute to Israel Parade is a project of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York Inc., a non-profit organization.

For further information about the Salute to Israel Parade, the public should go to, email: [email protected] or call 646-467-8030.