Despite the fact that Lag Ba’omer fell out on a workday, hundreds of Kharkov Jews were able to proudly parade down the busy main streets of Kharkov – Pushkinskaya and Sumskaya St.
Police were unsure whether they would be able to close the streets at 4pm on a busy Thursday afternoon – but assured the community that the parade would be able to march on the sidewalks.
When the police saw the enthusiastic crowd and the excitement of the children, they quickly changed their minds and closed off the streets for traffic. Cars and buses stopped and pedestrians were amazed to watch the parade march by.
The Kindergarten,Talmud Torah Menachem, Or Avner school, Yeshiva Ktana, Machon, Academy and Stars students held up signs about the Rebbe’s mivtzoyim.
The rain at the end of the parade did not wash away the excitement and this will definitely be a Lag Baomer for all to remember.