The largest-ever Tel Aviv Pride Parade took place today, June 3rd, with the participation of over 200,000 people from Israel and abroad, making it the largest in the Middle East. Among the participators were the Tel Aviv Pride Ambassadors, Alan Cumming and Lea DeLaria. The spotlight of this year’s Nonstop City’s Pride Parade was “Women for a Change”, highlighting the role of women in the LGBTQ community.

The Gay Pride Parade started at 10am at Meir Park (home of the Tel Aviv Gay Community Center) with music, shows and speeches. The parade kicked off at 12pm with floats by the Beef, Shirazi, Lizi, Zoti, Tel Aviv Sauna and Beshela.

The parade was followed by a huge beach party at Charles Clore Park until sunset.

Gay Pride in Tel Aviv - Credit Guy Yechiely
Photo courtesy of Tel Aviv Pride, by Guy Yechiely

Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Ron Huldai, upon launching the Parade: “My friends, we have been marching for some years now, and we will keep on marching in pursue of equality. We will keep marching these streets of Tel Aviv with the hope that the pluralism, tolerance and liberalism of this city will spread to the country, the Middle East and the world.”

The Tel Aviv Pride Parade is the only parade in the world that is fully sponsored by the Municipality. In the last few years Tel Aviv has significantly deepened its investments to promote gay tourism to the city, while an estimated number of 35,000 tourists are expected to arrive this year in Tel Aviv to take part in the pride events. Upon launching a campaign to promote Tel Aviv Pride earlier this year, the government was criticized for not providing enough support to the LGBTQ community in Israel. And in an op-ed from 972mag yesterday, Fady Khoury wrote: “The image of the queer Israel is often presented in political discourse as one-dimensional, usually summed up by their sexual or gender identity, while totally ignoring the intersection of other crucial identities.”

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