Sir Ivan Wilzig

Sir Ivan Wilzig aka Mr. Mitzvah, the first Jewish superhero on TV, will be Honorary Grand Marshall for the Salute to Israel Parade this year marking the country’s 60th Anniversary.
Although his late father Siggi B. Wilzig, an Auschwitz survivor and legendary banker, bought over $100 million dollars worth of Israel Bonds in his lifetime and received the Prime Minister’s Medal for supporting the State of Israel, it was his son’s hysterical over-the-top performance as Mr. Mitzvah, the world’s first Jewish superhero, that inspired the Israel Independence Day Parade organizers to pick “Sir Ivan” Wilzig to be the Honorary Grand Marshal of the parade this coming Sunday. According to I.M.D.B., the television industry’s internet measurement guide of popularity, “Sir Ivan” was by far the most popular contestant on the Sci Fi Channel’s hit reality show “Who Wants To Be A Superhero?” produced by comic book superhero creative genius Stan Lee. The Mr. Mitzvah character stood out from the pack and was particularly unusual because “Sir Ivan” looked like the bleach-blonde rock star Billy Idol but sounded like the Broadway comedian Jackie Mason.“Sir Ivan” in his Mr. Mitzvah superhero costume will be marching alongside Mayor Bloomberg, the actual Grand Marshal of the Parade and talk-show host Larry King.The Salute to Israel Parade is the largest and most exciting Jewish community parade in the world. In this 60th Anniversary year, 100,000 participants will step off on Fifth Avenue, cheered on by an expected one million spectators. Millions more will watch the parade on television. This year, the event celebrates sixty years of Israel’s independence and brings together groups from many segments of the American-Jewish community in an affirmation of American-Jewish loyalty to Israel.The Parade route begins at 57th Street and Fifth Avenue and continues north on Fifth Avenue to 79th Street. The Parade will take place from 11 AM to 4:30 PM rain or shine.