The following is a letter sent by parade organizers to all the families in Crown Heights and and explains the changes made to the parade setup:
By the Grace of G-d
15 Iyar, 5767
As you may be aware, the Parade Committee has encountered various challenges in their efforts to secure permits for this year’s parade. The reason for this is because the Police Dept. felt that, based on the statistics and pictures from the last parade (5764), we did not attract a crowd large enough to justify blocking traffic on a major artery such as Eastern Parkway.
The good news is that with the Rebbe’s brochos and the endeavors of many members of our community, we have succeeded in defending the Rebbe’s kovod and have obtained permits for the full use of Eastern Parkway, as planned. However, the permit was given on condition that we will have a minimum crowd of 10,000 people.
For traffic purposes, we conceded the use of Empire Boulevard and so the fair following the parade will be held along the entire length of Kingston Avenue, and extending on Montgomery Street from Brooklyn to Albany Avenues.
PLEASE NOTE: Although this hurdle was passed, Boruch Hashem, it is only because we gave our word that we would draw a sizeable crowd – the definition of which is a minimum of 10,000 people. All of the children in all of our local schools total only 4,000 people. It is therefore imperative for every single member of the community, children, women men, to place everything else on the side and make every effort to attend, and to be on time and to be present on Eastern Parkway, not on side streets or porches etc.
In addition, we encourage and ask you to contact friends and family from the surrounding areas and invite them to join with us as we celebrate Lag B’omer in grand fashion. There were very few issues where the Rebbe used the term “Bakosho Nafshis – a request from the soul”; the Lag B’omer parade is one of them. Success on Sunday will ensure the success of future parades, IYH.
We apologize for the sudden change; we hope you will understand that we are doing the absolute best under the circumstances. Together we will make Lag B’omer 5767 a resounding success, and may this parade be the Ultimate Parade of Klal Yisroel to the Geualah Hamitis Ve’Hashleima, Teikaf U’Meyad Mamash!
The Lag B’omer Parade Committee