Skip To Content

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
The Schmooze

Tel Aviv Pride Is as Fierce as Ever

Image by Getty Images

Tel Aviv’s 17th annual Gay Pride Parade took place this Friday. Over 180 thousand participants were expected by the municipality, including around 30,000 tourists who came to participate in the weekend’s Pride events. The temperatures were milder than usual and the city’s streets filled with the nation’s fiercest and proudest, members and allies of the LGBTQ community.

The city’s mayor, Ron Huldai, opened the march, at the center of which is the plight of the transgender community, this year’s event being titled “Tel Aviv Loves All Genders”.

From drag queens, to go-go dancers, to kid friendly events spaces, to young activists, the event had everything. People marched for hours, dancing, chanting singing and blowing bubbles!

The culmination of the day’s event is a show by the unfathomable Conchita Wurst, the Austrian pop singer and drag queen, and the winner of the 2014 Eurovision, in all of her bearded glory.

But the big party is due to take place Saturday, at Bloomfield Stadium, with a gigantic rave headed by Israeli DJ Ofer Nissim. It might just be the biggest LGBTQ party Israel has ever seen, with about 5000 in attendance, dancing and partying on the soccer stadium. It’ll be the most colorful and gayest party that venue has seen, at least since Barbara Streisand’s last performance there!

Here are some choice pictures from the Friday’s events:

Blowing bubbles!

Image by Getty Images

Dressed for battle

Image by Getty Images

Someone’s pulling a Conchita Wurst!

Image by Getty Images

Image by Getty Images

A very different kind of float for one proud mommy!

Image by Getty Images

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.