Sunday, June 1st

Battle of the parades! Summer means streets being closed willy-nilly for parades that spur pride and ruin your chances of getting across Fifth Avenue in under three hours. … Gay Pride Weekend arrives later this month, but today is the Salute to Israel Parade, which bills itself as “the world’s largest public gathering in support of Israel.” This year, the festivities will tune up a notch in honor of Israel’s 60th birthday, sending floats, marching bands, Israeli diplomats, musicians, ballroom dancers and “colorfully costumed Bukharian performers from Uzbekistan” down Fifth Avenue behind Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the parade’s Grand Marshal and all-around grand poobah.

[Salute to Israel Parade, Fifth Avenue from 57th to 79th Streets, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.] Sunday, June 1st