Gay Pride Week Events
The Annual Gay Pride Parade is setting out for the 16th consecutive time, with this year’s message conveying a call for equality. Around 120,000 people are expected to march in the parade, including about 25,000 thousand gay tourists who are coming to the city especially for the Gay Pride Week events.
On Friday, June 13, 2014, starting at 10 am, there will be a gay happening at Gan Meir Park; and at 12 noon, the parade will begin its route along Bugrashov Street, ending with a huge happening at a new location: the Charles Clore compound and the adjacent beach.
Israel’s largest gay community lives in Tel Aviv-Yafo, comprising about 15% of the city’s entire population. In the past five years, there has been a considerable increase in the number of children living in the community, who currently number several dozen. Because many gay families will be participating this year, the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality decided to move the parade to a new location – the Charles Clore compound next to the beach – which is a larger, safer, and more accessible area, with parking arrangements nearby and convenient access for baby carriages and strollers.
Similar to previous years, the new route will also leave from Gan Meir Park and be kicked off by Mayor Ron Huldai. The procession will pass through Bugrashov Street, Ben Yehuda Street, and the promenade, ending with a huge party featuring: a performance by a leading artist, the 2014 Tolerance Award ceremony, and for the first time at a Gay Pride parade – a show for children, with top artists who will perform for them.
This year, the city of Tel Aviv-Yafo is proud to march together with hundreds of thousands of LGBTs and their children under the call for equality. It is part of the message to the community, which has marked a year of struggles and accomplishments, to continue their fight on the path to fully equal rights.