you will respect my authorita!Like big boned Eric Cartman, I am inclined to show disdain towards hippies. So, when I first noticed mention of a Love Day Parade in Tel Aviv, I was pretty inclined to put on my best scorn face. But then when I started checking out the pictures, my cold heart was melted by images of Israel’s having fun, listening to techno and most of all, well, being topless. I mean, it’s a bit like mardi gras with kosher boobs. Grandmuffti now wants to put Love Day in Israel near the top of his to-do list.

Make no mistake. These people talk like hippies. According to the The Love Parade Website, The Love Parade is

…a demonstration in favor rather than in opposition: in favor of peace, tolerance, mutual respect, happiness, freedom and mostly, in favor of love. Together, through the music that we love so dearly, we will show the world that there is yet another way…[last year] 300,000 club go-ers rallied together to prove that ‘Love conquers all.’

I think they have a point. Surely if we all went to beaches and did a lot of ex while listening to techno, there would be less war. Ugh. Now I’m talking like a hippy. Nonetheless, I think we can all be mature enough to look beyond Love Day rhetoric and check out the substance. And really, if you keep the drugs, the nudity, the free love and the reckless sense of abandon, can’t we tolerate the more whiny, obnoxious and hypocritical aspect of hippiedom?

For your pleasure amusement and I suppose purient interest, I provide a link to some Love Parade Photos Just try to stay away next year after seeing the pictures of Love Day. I’m sure I’ll see all y’all there.

Am Yisrael Chai

I still hate hippies. Especially ones that drive SUVs. But I love the Love Parade.

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