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Purim Parades Across Israel, Revelers Rejoice in London and Brooklyn

Jewish communities celebrate the defeat of Haman, adviser to the Persian King, and his plot to massacre the Jewish people 2,500 years ago.

People dressed in costumes take part in a parade marking the Jewish holiday of Purim, a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther, in the West Bank city of Hebron, March 12, 2017. Purim is celebrated around the world with parades and costume parties, and revelers also participate in sending food parcels, giving charity, and feasting. Baz Ratner / Reuters
An Israeli soldier secures a parade marking the Jewish holiday of Purim. Baz Ratner / Reuters
A boy dressed in costume takes part in a parade in the West Bank city of Hebron. Baz Ratner / Reuters
Israelis take part in a Purim parade. Lior Mizrahi / Getty Images
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish child wears a U.S. President Donald Trump mask and costume during the Purim festival in Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, Israel. Ariel Schalit / AP
Israeli settlers take part in a parade to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim on al-Shuhada Street, in the West Bank town of Hebron. Hazem Bader / AFP - Getty Images
A Palestinian family watches from their house as Jews pass by, guarded by Israeli soldiers, during the annual Purim parade in the West Bank city of Hebron. Jim Hollander / EPA
A Palestinian mother holds her son and they watch from their house as Jews pass by during the annual Purim parade in the predominantly Jewish sector of the West Bank city of Hebron. Jim Hollander / EPA
A girl dressed in costume walks next to an Orthodox Jewish man in Ashdod, Israel March 12, 2017. Amir Cohen / Reuters
An Ultra Orthodox Jewish child dressed as a clown stands among men reading from the Book of Esther during a prayer for the Jewish Holiday of Purim in the Mea Shaarim neighborhood in Jerusalem, Israel. Abir Sultan / EPA
A young Jewish boy dressed in an army costumes stops before a separation wall blocking a street during the annual Purim parade in Hebron. Jim Hollander / EPA
A young Jewish girl looks from a window during celebrations of Purim in London. Purim is celebrated by Jewish communities around the world with parades and costume parties. Dan Kitwood / Getty Images
Jewish women watch as men dance down the street during Purim in London. Dan Kitwood / Getty Images
Young Jewish men dance down the street during the annual Jewish holiday of Purim in London. Dan Kitwood / Getty Images
Young girls stand outside a home during Purim celebrations in London, England. Dan Kitwood / Getty Images
Young Jewish men dance around a local business man's home during the Jewish holiday of Purim in London. Dan Kitwood / Getty Images
A boy in costume as a mummy for the Jewish celebration of Purim leads his pet goat out of a Brooklyn bakery in New York. Mark Lennihan / AP
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men take part in the reading from the Book of Esther ceremony in a synagogue in Ashdod, Israel. Amir Cohen / Reuters
People dressed in costumes take part in a Purim parade in Hebron. Baz Ratner / Reuters