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  5/1/2013, Iyar 21, 5773

Streets Closed in Tel Aviv For May Day Parades


Tel Aviv has announced the closure of several roads due to the annual May Day parades. Among the streets to be blocked off will be King Saul Street, Ibn Gabirol, Arlosoroff, Dizengoff, Rothschild Boulevard and King George Avenue. Police recommend avoiding trying to reach destinations in private vehicles. The festivities will last until 10:00PM on Wednesday, May 1st.

The origins of May Day are as an ancient spring festival and / or pagan festivals held at the beginning of the spring season in several European countries. In modern history May Day is known as International Workers' Day and commemorates the 1886 Haymarket riot and is a celebration of Communism, Socialism and other related ideologies. Many will dress in red and wave red flags. Political parties such as Hadash  - the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality  and the Maki Communist Party of Israel will organize marchers.