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Putting the Purim story of Esther on parade

PUBLISHED: 16:39 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:08 05 October 2010

Winning costumes in this year's the Purim parade

Winning costumes in this year's the Purim parade

THE Jewish community in London's East End celebrated the Purim festival on Sunday at their Stepney community centre for nearly 100 revellers. It included a traditional fancy dress parade for members and the volunteers who run the charity Jewish Care's Beaumont Grove centre

By Mike Brooke

THE Jewish community in London's East End celebrated the Purim festival on Sunday at their Stepney community centre for nearly 100 revellers.

It included a traditional fancy dress parade for members and the volunteers who run the charity Jewish Care's Beaumont Grove centre in Stepney Green.

Betty Conroy from Stepney won a prize as 'best dressed member' with her unusual costume idea which included a scroll with Hebrew-style lettering saying 'Happy Purim.'

"The costume was my idea," she said. "But my daughter made it and my son-in-law finished it off."

Daphne Cohen from Mile End was proclaimed 'best dressed volunteer' as Queen Esther's Mother, while 'best staff member costume' was catering manager Mo Olaribigbe's African robe.

This year's Purim festival actually begins 8pm Thursday evening (March 20), with synagogue readings from the Megillah, the scroll of the Book of Esther, telling the story of the wicked Haman's thwarted plot to destroy the Jews in ancient Persia.

Customs include fancy dress and sweet pastry filled with poppy seeds, known as Hamantaschen.

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Jewish Care events can be viewed online:

www.jewishcare.org

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