GREENSBORO, N.C. – Chabad of Greensboro and other members of the Jewish community celebrated the first day of Chanukah with a 5-mile Menorah parade leading to the lighting of a giant 9-foot Menorah at Lebauer Park.

According to the organization, the Menorah parade is believed to be a first in North Carolina celebrating the first night and lighting of the first candle of Chanukah.

Members gathered along Lipscomb Street outside of Chabad to mount electric Menorahs on top of their vehicles that would then parade to the annual Menorah lighting celebration in Downtown Greensboro.

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Greensboro Police and Fire escorted the parade to its destination and directed traffic during the parade and celebration downtown.

At Lebauer Park, guests were received to traditional Jewish music and traditional foods, like latkes or potato pancakes and donuts.

“The idea of Hannukah is a celebration that we do out in the open,” Chabad Rabbi Yosef Plotkin said. “We want everybody to understand the opportunities that they have in America where they’re able to practice openly their religion and any religion.”