Hundreds join Walk for Israel and Celebrate Family Festival in Denver

DENVER -- Hundreds of people joined the Walk for Israel and Celebrate Family Festival in Denver on Sunday.

The walk kicked off at South High School at 9:30 a.m. Many participants dressed in blue and white, and carried Israel's flag.

The event comes five days after someone carved swastikas on cars in Denver's University neighborhood.

"Hate groups that are feeling empowered I think it's very important to come out to the streets of Denver and show that this is a loving community this is a welcoming community," said Rabbi Yossi Serebryanski of DU's Chabad of South Denver.

The Celebrate Family Festival included food, retail vendors and activities for families. The event was organized by JEWISHcolorado and JCC Denver.

Organizers said the walk and celebration are designed to bring community members together to show their support for Israel, and to celebrate family and community.

"I came from Israel and it's so important for those people from Colorado that support Israel give us so much strength to keep on doing and doing this amazing thing of developing Israel," said Erin Doron, who took part in the walk.