Tel Aviv is a diverse city with multicultural influences and open-minded locals. Every June, in honor of Pride month, people of all genders, religion and color flood the streets of Tel Aviv in support of love, diversity, and freedom to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. With a series of events across the city, Pride is that time of the year when the city takes on a new life with vibrant colors and an intoxicating atmosphere that cannot be ignored. With parties, lectures and art exhibitions, Tel Aviv Pride Week presents an effervescent celebration in a creative and energy-packed environment. The festivities attract hundreds of thousands of participants from both Israel and abroad, with the most-attended and anticipated event being the Tel Aviv Pride Parade on June 14th.
This year, the festivities for the Pride Parade will kick off at 10 AM at the corner of Melchett and Ben Tsiyon Boulevard for the 21sttime. The celebrations include concerts, colorful floats, and drag shows. Local LGBTQ+ businesses will set up booths and there will be uplifting speeches by members and friends of the fraternity. At 12 PM, the Parade with specially designed floats, marching groups, elevating music and countless participants and spectators will depart from the boulevard to continue along the beautiful streets of Tel Aviv touring throughout the city. The parade’s last stop will be at Charles Clore Park, where the famous sunset beach party will begin at 2 PM gathering thousands of people for live shows and a spectacular view of Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean beaches. From noon till the evening on Friday, June 14, one can expect a display of creativity from artists alongside various food stands and pride merchandise while listening and grooving to the sound of some of Israel’s most famous DJs.
This year, the Israel Ministry of Tourism will be hosting world-renowned television and stage actor Neil Patrick Harris (Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother)along with his husband, chef, and actor David Burtka, for the Tel Aviv Pride Parade celebrations. “Tel Aviv Pride has become an important symbol of LGBTQ visibility and acceptance on the world stage,” said Neil Patrick Harris. “We are excited to visit Israel for the first time and honored to be a part of this beautiful celebration to stand with the LGBTQ community both in Israel and across the globe, especially as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall.” While in Israel, Harris, and husband Burkta will meet with various members of the LGBTQ community as well as visit tourist sites in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and the Dead Sea.