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PHOTOS: In Israel, Purim is the Biggest Party Ever

Forget about Halloween! Purim is the real party in Israel.

Every year, thousands of children head to school dressed up in their finest costumes, their mishloach manot in hand. That goes for grown ups too (any excuse to tap into your inner child).

In cities across the country, big parades, called Adloyada, travel through town, showing off gorgeous floats, all to the sound of music and happy youngsters.

What does that all look like, you ask? Here are some festive pictures from across the Jewish state:

Politics on Purim: before the parade, an artist pastes the faces of Israeli politicians on traditional parade floats:

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King Bibi!

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An Adloyada in the streets of the Israeli city of Netanya:

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Alice in Wonderland or an Israeli Katy Perry video?

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A father and son Avengers team!

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Come to the dark side, we have (kosher!) cookies!

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In the Ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak, the costumes are a bit more traditional, but just as colorful:

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There’s a lion in the shul!

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Chag Shame’ach — now go get your drink on!

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