'We're Winning the Fight': Tel Aviv Pride Parade Draws Tens of Thousands

This year’s parade, after two years of smaller events due to COVID restrictions, takes a different route than usual, ending at Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Park

Crowd at the Tel Aviv Pride parade, on Friday.
Crowd at the Tel Aviv Pride parade, on Friday.Credit: Hadas Parush

Tel Aviv is hosting its 23rd annual Pride parade on Friday, the country's most prominent LGBTQ event.

Tens of thousands of people attended the event, which did not run past the Tel Aviv seafront as usual, but instead proceeded along a 3-kilometer route along Rokach Boulevard.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said at the opening event: "We are winning the fight for the community, but we need to keep going. As long as there is an LGBTQ child in the periphery who is afraid, we will march for them."

The Tel Aviv Pride parade, on Friday.Credit: Hadas Parush

Other government members taking part in the parade are Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli, Social Equality Minister Meirav Cohen, Labor Minister Meir Cohen, and lawmakers Michal Shir (New Hope) and Yair Golan (Meretz).

The march ended at Hayarkon Park, where a main stage with performances and live DJ sets will operate until 7 P.M.

The area will remain closed to traffic until then, and police recommend using public transportation.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai noted that the Pride events in Tel Aviv are a tradition of many years’ standing, conveying a message of equality and acceptance, he said. He welcomed the return of this year’s events to their usual scale after two years during which they were limited by the coronavirus pandemic.

While Tel Aviv is seen as a safe haven for LGBTQ people, many members of the community still face discrimination and violence. In an interview with Haaretz, Minister Nitzan Horowitz – who is openly gay – said Israel still has a long way to go in terms of securing the rights of LGBTQ people.

Last week, the Pride parade in Jerusalem drew thousands of people, including several Israeli ministers and lawmakers, calling for equal rights.

But the Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance was held under tight police security, following threats to organizers and activists. Just before the event started, police detained two suspected who allegedly planned to attack the marchers.

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