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In 2022, the GAY BLOG BR newsroom personally accompanied the LGBT+ Pride month in Tel Aviv (Israel), when, the Parade itself alone brought together more than 170,000 people on the Sportek-Ganei Yehoshua path. This year, the largest Pride in the Middle East is celebrating 25 years with a wide variety of events, conferences and presentations. There will be two major events: the Pride Parade, which returns to Tel Aviv’s coastline on Thursday, June 8, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and the main Pride party is on Friday, June 9, from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Ganne Yehoshua Park.
The pride events in Tel Aviv are a long-standing tradition that began in 1998 and since then, every year hundreds of thousands of residents and members of the LGBTQ community march alongside tens of thousands of visitors from around the world. Tel Aviv positions itself strongly as a welcoming home for all communities that live in it and no measures efforts to demonstrate pride in be the fist city for the LGBTQ community and a global source of inspiration.
Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, is a huge fan of the event: “I am pleased to mark this year’s Pride events, led by the Pride Parade, which celebrates its 25th year anniversary. In Tel Aviv-Yafo, we will continue to be a beacon for the democratic values that underpin our existence, including the ongoing struggle for the full equality for everyone.”
The parade will begin on Thursday afternoon on Shalag St. near the Tel Aviv Promenade, and will continue to Daniel St. The next day, on Friday at noon, the main pride party will be held in Ganne Yehoshua Park. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the parade, the leading local artists, dancers, DJs and many other surprises will perform on the biggest stage ever built in the park.
In preparation for the parade, a wide variety of events open to the public will be held in the coming weeks:
- LGBTQ+ SENIOR’S PARTY
Yavne St 31, 6PM, May 21th
The world belongs to adults – it is the annual pinnacle event for the seniors of the LGBTQ+ community, with a focus on building a community. The event will celebrate the legacy of the community’s elders with music, refreshments, drinks, and a performance by the proud singer and musician Ohad Shragai.
- THE BIG PRIDE WEDDING
Maze St 9, 12PM, May 25th
Tel Aviv held a massive same-sex wedding called “The Big Proud Wedding” in 2019. Around 20 gay couples tied the knot in a groundbreaking ceremony. This year, as part of Pride Month’s official events, the Pride Center will hold a similar event where around 15 gay couples from across the LGBTQ+ spectrum will get married in one ceremony.
Maze St 9, Friday 1PM -10PM/Saturday 10AM – 9:30PM, May 25th and May 27th
Eclectic Queer 2023 – The main art event of the Pride events in Tel Aviv-Yafo. During the festival, an art, fashion, and culture fair will take place throughout the Shavuot holiday. The festival will be spread over three main activity spaces: an art market featuring artists from the LGBTQ+ community selling handmade art items such as prints, embroidery, jewelry, beauty and pride products, and more.
- TEL AVIV’S INTERNATIONAL GAY BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
Frishman Beach, Jun 1st- Jun 3rd Registration
Come join the fun and excitement at Tel Aviv’s International Gay Beach Volleyball Tournament! This thrilling event brings together players from all over the world for a weekend of competitive and friendly games, set against the stunning backdrop of Tel Aviv’s beautiful beaches.
- PRIDE FAMILY PICNIC
Sha’ul Tchernichovsky St. 24 – Gan Me’ir, 10AM – 2PM, Jun 3rd
The Pride Family Picnic is a traditional Pride event for families of all colors. This year marks the 11th time the picnic is being held, and it is a great opportunity to meet new friends, from all types of families and from all over the country!
HaYarkon St 205 – Independence Park, 7PM – 9PM, Jun 6th
The biggest drag show in Tel Aviv, “Wigstock,” is returning for another year, featuring the best drag artists in the country. This year’s event marks the 25th anniversary of the landmark LGBTQ+ event in 1998, which served as a starting point for the Pride Revolution. The show will pay tribute to the 90s and raise awareness of HIV, with notable hosts and performers. The “Next in Drag” winners will be announced during the event.
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