Israel Defense Forces parade
The second parade took place in 1949, on Israel's first independence day, in Tel Aviv. It failed in the process because the overenthusiastic crowd burst into the parade ground. It was nicknamed "The parade that did not march".
Starting with the third parade in 1950, annual parades were held on the country's independence day, ending in 1968. Citing financial concerns, it was then decided that the parade should only be held on special occasions. The last IDF parade thus took place in 1973, on Israel's 25th birthday.
The Israel Defense Forces still has weapon exhibitions country-wide on Independence Day, but they are stationary and have a limited scale. The first ever IDF parade in years was held on Jerusalem Day 1997 to mark the golden jubilee since independence and the 30th anniversary of the IDF capture of the Old City of Jerusalem.
|1955||Tel Aviv, Beersheba, Afula|
- Man, Nadav (December 13, 2008). "1st IDF Parade from Behind the Lens". Ynetnews. Retrieved 2008-12-13.
- At the request of David Ben-Gurion, the parade was held in an immigrant town, which was Ramla at the time.
- In 1955, three parades were held in different locations, although the Tel Aviv parade was by far the largest and attracted an audience of over half a million. Afula's parade attracted 70,000 viewers, while Beersheba's, only 15,000.
- The parade was meant to commence in Jerusalem, but the new prime minister, Levi Eshkol, feared a Jordanian uproar and moved it to Beersheba.