Top photo: Michael Berekhaiah of Portland waves Israeli and U.S. flags at the start of the Jewish Community Purim Parade in Portland on Sunday.

Bottom photo: Gracie Brenner, 9, of Cape Elizabeth wears a Mardi Gras mask during the parade in celebration of Purim, which commemorates the deliverance of the Jews in Persia from a massacre plotted by Haman. The celebration also included a carnival featuring pony rides, moon bounces, a fire juggler and hamantaschen pastries.