Can you feel it? That is Purim in the air!

We continued our celebration by attending the pre-megillah reading Maccabi Haifa soccer game against Hapoel Ashkelon. We arrived at the stadium early, so we killed some time at the playground a few yards away. There was a chutes-and-ladders game painted on the ground and a little numbered wheel to spin to indicate how many squares to move. We started out with Sarah & Noah competing & Roy as the number caller, but within minutes a swarm of kids had joined asking if they could play (?אני יכול לשחק):

How could we refuse? We were the Pied Pipers of Chutes & Ladders.

Once inside the stadium . . .

2 fan clubs kept the stadium rockin' with their cheers, drums, & flag-waving! We were across from the Green Apes and next to the Inferno Verde.

No popcorn or pretzels at these games. Stadium snack food is sunflower seeds. There is no other snack that requires this much attention.

Goooooooooaaaaaaaaallllllllllll!!!!!!!! Maccabi Haifa 3 - Hapoel Ashkelon 0

The cutest Maccabi Haifa fan I've ever seen.

Then we headed over to Kehilat Moriyah synagogue to meet our friends for the megillah reading.

Yay Sarah & Julia!!!! Boo Haman!!!!

Following the megillah reading (Jews 1 – Haman 0) was an excellent Purim carnival with Israeli dancing, a magic show, obstacle course, game booths, etc. Noah won a prize and got another mishloach manot.

Sunday morning we celebrated with another local tradition – an Adloyada or Purim parade. We headed to Holon, which is about 20 mins. SE of Tel Aviv, which we’d heard had the “greatest Adloyada in the country”. We completely lucked out. We didn’t really have any idea of where to park or where to stand, but we ended up with a 3 min. walk from our car to the parade route, right in front of the stage at the end where the performances were. This is what we got to watch while waiting for the floats to come by:

Many of the floats were handmade, often out of recyclables. Also marching were groups of schoolchildren playing instruments and troupes of Israeli dancers. It was very festive.