Gay Pride Parade to Be Held in Be'er Sheva on Thursday

March to start at 6 P.M. from Soroka Hospital corner, affected roads to close in city center from 5 P.M.

Gay Pride Be'er Sheva, 2017
Ilan Assayag

Be'er Sheva is holding its second-ever Gay Pride parade on Thursday, starting at 6 P.M. with a march down the desert city's main street and ending in a celebration opposite City Hall.

This is the second Pride Parade in Be'er Sheva to take place on the city's main streets, following precedent set in 2017. The year before the parade had been canceled outright when members of the LGBT community declined to march down an alternative route, on the grounds that it would send the wrong message.

The parade path will be the same as in 2017. In contrast to last year, this time the municipality decorated city streets with Gay Pride flags.

Affected streets will be closed to traffic from 5 P.M., from Masada Street to Reger Street , Wingate Square, Reger to Wingate, Hameshahrerim  to Shimoni, Shazar to Henrietta Szold, Hashalom to Golomb and Reger to Weizmann.

The Pride parade will begin Thursday at 6 P.M. from the corner of Wingate and Reger streets, which is where Soroka Hospital is located. The march is expected to take about an hour.

Gay Pride Be'er Sheva, 2017
Ilan Assayag
Gay Pride Be'er Sheva, 2017
Ilan Assayag