The most exciting week for members of the LGBT community in Tel Aviv is already here, and the high point will be the Gay Pride Parade on Friday morning. A record number of about 130,000 people are expected to participate in the events in Tel Aviv, among them tens of thousands of tourists.
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The parade will begin with a rally at 10 A.M., and the parade gets underway at 1 P.M. via Bograshov, Ben Yehuda and Frishman streets. Again, the parade will end with a big party at the beach, but this year a new location has been chosen: the Charles Clore park.
The show will be hosted by actress Moran Atias, and the main performance will be by Dana International, the first transgender singer to win the Eurovision Song Contest, 16 years ago. Following are all the activities, events, parties and hottest spots of the week.
Tel Aviv Expo
For the first time ever, this year will feature a festival of gay culture in the Dizengoff Center, including a fair. The expo will be spread over 2,000 square meters and be divided into sections: health, design, fashion, tourism, family and business. There will also be events, performances, lectures, advice sessions, workshops, film screenings and a pop-up store.
The LGBT film festival – TLVFest
The annual festival combines screenings of films by gay artists or on LGBT subjects of interest. It will include encounters with filmmakers from Israel and abroad, workshops and special projects.
Jaffa Cycling Tour – cycling tour with a fun cocktail
June 14, 5:30 P.M.
A bicycle tour through the neighborhoods of Jaffa, which will include four stops and a cocktail, and is meant for tourists who come for Gay Pride Week.
The route: The tour begins at the Jaffa Promenade to Hilton Beach, Independence Park, Atarim Square, Ben-Gurion Boulevard, Hen Boulevard, Rothschild, Shabazi-Neve Tzedek, Jaffa Railway Station and back to Jaffa.
The Gay Culture Festival
The Gay Center in Gan Meir Park is holding the fifth gay culture festival. Every evening there will be plays and various shows on subjects related to the gay community.
TLV Gay Vibe – a nightlife tour
June 10, at 10 P.M.
A tour of Tel Aviv bars and places of entertainment. It will take place in the area of Rothschild Boulevard and includes entry to the bars and drink tastings. Length of the tour: about 2 hours; meeting place: The Kiosk, Rothschild corner with Herzl. Cost: 100 shekels
A tour in the footsteps of the gay community in Tel Aviv-Jaffa
June 12, at 8 P.M.
The tour will begin at the Expo in Dizengoff Center, and from there continue to Gan Meir, the Gay Center and the monument there in memory of gay people who were murdered in the Holocaust. From there the tour will continue via Sheinkin Park and end with a drink at the Evita Club. Length of the tour: about 1 ½ hours. Meeting place: Dizengoff Center, Gate 6. Cost: 100 shekels.
Throughout the week there will be hundreds of parties all over the city. Every day there are dozens of parties to choose from. Anyone who wants to find an full list should visit the website, which includes an events calendar and a description of parties according to date, type of music and target audience. Here is a limited list of prominent events:
At the gay beach – the Hilton Beach at the foot of the Hilton Hotel – there is a different beach party every day with the city’s leading lines and best DJs. The parties are held throughout the day until sunset. Entry is free. Upcoming parties:
Monday June 9 – Pag | Notorious
Tuesday June 10 – TLV scene – All the big parties come together
Wednesday June 11 – Dreck | Forever
Thursday June 12 – FFF | BEEF
Friday June 13 : Pride Parade – no parties
Saturday June 14 – Evita | Shpagat
Waterpark Tel Aviv Pride 2014
Thursday, June 12, from 10 A.M. to 10 P.M., at the Shefayim water park
For the first time there will be a huge party the day before the parade, held by Eliad Cohen’s Papa party line in the big water park north of Tel Aviv. The party will include international DJs, water slides, a huge slide pool and alcohol.
WOW TLV Pass 2014
There is cooperation between Shirazi’s BEEF line and Thomas’ FFF parties. You can buy a bracelet for 640 shekels ($185), which grants entry to all the parties.
The FFF parties
On Wednesday June 11, at The Cat and Dog, a party hosting Willkommen, Cox and GMF
The main gay party – Friday, June 13, at Ha’oman 17
The closing party – on Sunday, June 15, at the Clara Beach Club under the open sky – hosting the Spanish line SupermartXé
The BEEF parties
On Tuesday June 10, in the Penguin Club – hosting the Beef Check-In line from Paris
On Thursday June 12, at Hangar 17 – Tel A-Beef
Hosting the Beef Extreme line from Barcelona at the Mojo Club
On Saturday night, June 14 – for the first time in Israel – Bear Necessity, in cooperation with the BN line from Holland
On Tuesday June 17 at the Penguin – Beef Check-Out
Forever Tel Aviv; 2014 Pride Pass
The entry bracelet for Forever Tel Aviv (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Forever-Tel-Aviv/130544167006920) includes the following parties:
Wednesday June 11 – Beyond Opening Event
The festive opening event of the gay events with the London line Beyond
Friday June 12, at Ha’oman 17 – Papa Night Party
Produced by Eliad Cohen in honor of Gay Pride Week, a special edition of the men’s line Papa
Friday June 13, Comfort 13 – We Party
The successful Spanish men’s line celebrates pride in Tel Aviv
Saturday June 14 (afternoon), Ha’oman 17 – Forever Tel Aviv T-Dance
The central Pride party of the Forever with a super-set by DJ Offer Nissim
Saturday June 14 (night), The Block – The Week
A party with the Brazilian line
Sunday June 15 (morning), Comfort 13 – ByeBye TLV
The after-party of the 2014 Pride events, begins at 7 A.M.
Pride Week at the Evita Bar
The Pride celebrations at the most prominent gay bar in the city, Evita, will continue throughout the week. The owners promise to create evenings filled with music, alcohol and very special tourists.
Dreck + Pag at the Block
Friday June 13, 11:30 P.M., The Block
On Friday after the parade, there will be a party combining two of the leading lines in the city: Dreck and Pag, at The Block club. The party will be spread over the two dance floors.
OCD, Friday June 13, 11:30 P.M.
The ’90s line 1994 is celebrating Pride Week at the OCD Club on Friday. Pop, dance and trash, and the electronics of the legendary clubs from that beloved decade.
Mega Pride: Girls’ Party
Saturday June 14, 8 P.M., Comfort 13
Mega Pride will be an especially joyful gay party for women, being held for the 11th year at Comfort 13.
Be Proud – Women’s Pride Party
Saturday June 14, 7 P.M., The Cat and Dog
The women’s party for the Be Proud celebrations of Pride 2014 on Saturday at The Cat and Dog will be spread over three dance floors with nine DJs. The special guest will be musical artist Koromoto, who is arriving from Berlin with a set of House and Techno.
Daniel Mariuma contributed to this article.