The largest-ever Tel Aviv Pride Parade took place Friday, June 3rd, with the participation of over 200,000 people from Israel and abroad, making it the largest in the Middle East. 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 Tel Aviv Pride Parade marked the beginning of the European Pride season.
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 till sunset.
Among the participators were the Tel Aviv Pride Ambassadors, Alan Cumming and Lea DeLaria.
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.
In 2011 Tel Aviv was selected the Best Gay City in the world by GayCities.com.