Chabad of Pittsburgh’s Grand Menorah Parade and Chanukah Festival took place on Wednesday, Dec. 28, beginning at Rodef Shalom Congregation and ending at The Waterfront. The annual Menorah Parade featured nearly 100 vehicles adorned with menorahs.
More than 1,000 people gathered at The Waterfront to celebrate the Festival of Lights by listening to the Jewish rock stylings of California band 8th Day, joining in the lighting of a 12-foot menorah, and tasting the culinary offerings of kosher caterer Elegant Edge. The event, organized by Rabbi Chonie Friedman of B’nai Emunoh Chabad, also included a performance by the Early Learning Center of Yeshiva Schools, video games and rides provided by Dave & Buster’s, and crafts by Shalom Pittsburgh and Paint Monkey.
This year’s event attracted its largest crowd ever, according to Rabbi Yisroel Altein, co-director of Chabad Outreach.
“We were very pleased by the crowd and the turnout,” Altein said. “It is very meaningful to have so many people who are Jewish come out to celebrate Chanukah together. It was a beautiful experience.”