Tel Aviv’s Cars to Make Way for Gay Pride Parade

From 10 A.M. to 5 P.M., the first modern Hebrew city’s streets will be filled with marchers, DJs and dancers.

Ilan Assayag

Tel Aviv’s annual Gay Pride Parade takes place Friday, and though this year “Women in the Community” is the theme, one thing remains the same: the many streets closed to traffic for the happening that draws more than 100,000 people.

Events connected to the parade will begin at 10 A.M. at the Gan Meir park, while the parade starts at noon. The festivities are expected to end at about 5 P.M. with musical performances at Charles Clore Park near the sea.

Entertainers scheduled to appear include Si Himan, Corinne Allal, Chen Yanni and Dudu Aharon. The parade will be launched by Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai.

The marchers will leave Gan Meir for Tchernichovsky Street, turn west along Bogroshov Street and from there turn north on Hayarkon Street to Frischman Street. At the corner of Frischman and Hebert Samuel Street the marchers will be joined by trucks carrying DJs and dancers.

The parade will then wend south along Herbert Samuel Street and end at Charles Clore Park.

From 8 A.M. to 2 P.M. King George Street will be closed to vehicles between Allenby and Dizengoff streets, as will Tchernichovsky between Bogroshov and Zalman Schneour streets.

Between 11 A.M. and 5 P.M., the following streets will be closed and then reopened as the parade passes: Bogroshov from King George to Hayarkon, Hayarkon from Allenby to Frischman, Frischman from Hayarkon to Herbert Samuel, Marmorek from Ibn Gvirol to Rothschild Boulevard, Arlosoroff from Ibn Gvirol to Hayarkon, Hayarkon from Rokach Boulevard to Gan Hakovshim, and Herbert Samuel (including the adjacent service road) from Sheleg Street to Jerusalem Boulevard.

There will be changes to public transportation routes that must be checked with the bus companies.