Shalom Life | June 13, 2015

Over 180,000 Arrive to Celebrate Gay Pride in Tel Aviv

Several streets shut down in anticipation of one of largest pride events in the world

By: Ashley Ramnarain

Published: June 12th, 2015 in News » Israel

Photo: Ad for Pride Parade in Tel Aviv

Credit: Happy Gay Travel


This Friday marked one of Tel Aviv’s most popular annual events, the Gay Pride Parade. The event itself managed to draw in a whopping 180,000 parade goers, with local authorities putting a focus on making sure that the Parade goes off without a hitch.

Festivities started with a party at Gan Meir on King George Street, helping to kick off the actual parade at around noon. The Pride Parade partied all the way down to Bograshov Street to Ha-Yarkon Street, Frishman Street, Herbert Samuel Boulevard, finally ending at Charles Clore Park.

To keep things moving smoothly, police were on the scene - enforcing the parking ban on all parade-route streets - at 7:00 AM. Roads were shut down as of 11:30am, including both ways on King George to Ben Yehuda Street, parts of Marmorek Street (from Ibn Gabirol Street to Rothschild Boulevard), as well as Alleby (from Moshavot Square to Herbert Samuel Boulevard) and Jaffa.

Ending festivities consisted of several performances at Clore Park - all throughout the evening - including one by Austria’s Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst.

In the center of it all, a ketubah was erected so pride attendees could pose for photographs underneath a sign that read "Allow Civil Marriage in Israel."

Amen.

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