The Assyrian American Civic Club of Chicago is bringing their “Ishtar’s Gate” float back for the 2018 Uncle Dan’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  The float is a 9X28 custom built unit float with a custom built prop of “Gate of Ishtar” (an ancient Assyrian Gate) of 8 feet wide, 19 feet long and 12 feet tall , accompanied by Assyrians wearing the ancient Assyrian customs.

The Ishtar Gate (Assyrian translation: Darwaza D’Ishtar) was the eighth gate to the inner city of Babylon. It was constructed in about 575 BC by order of King Nebuchadnezzar II on the north side of the city.  Dedicated to the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, the Gate was constructed of blue glazed tiles with alternating rows of bas-relief sirrush (dragons) and aurochs.

The roof and doors of the gate were of cedar, according to the dedication plaque. Through the gate ran the Processional Way which was lined with walls covered in lions on glazed bricks (about 120 of them).  Statues of the deities were paraded through the gate and down the Processional Way each year during the New Year’s celebration. The gate was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.