Banner Day for Gay Pride TLV 2013

Tel Aviv let its freak flag fly freely and proudly at the city’s annual Gay Pride celebration that boasted some uniquely Israeli features. Photographer Elyssa Frank was there to catch all the action.

Photographer Elyssa Frank loves the energy of Tel Aviv and there was no place more energetic last week than at the non-stop city’s annual Gay Pride celebration.

The day started out with the city streets and beachfront bedecked in rainbow flags and the Tel Aviv municipal logo.

Rainbow flags were everywhere as people gathered for a rally at Gan Meir (Meir Park) adjacent to the municipal center for the GLBT community.

But things really got started when Tel Aviv let its freak flag fly freely as the parade made its way from the park down Borgrashov Street.

Some flags were uniquely Israeli, representing all sides of the political spectrum.

The religious gay community represented with a rainbow banner.

And the US contingent raised the stars and rainbow bars.

The parade ended up at Gordon Beach where the rainbow facade of the Dan Hotel made a perfect backdrop for a mass dip in the sea.

And a giant beach party that lasted well into the night.
All photos courtesy of Elyssa Frank / MADEinISRAEL. Visit her Facebook page for more great images of Israel.

About Rachel Neiman

A veteran media professional who has lived in Israel since 1984, Rachel has been part of the ISRAEL21c organization since 2008. Prior to that, she served as managing editor of Globes Online, the English-language edition of Israel’s leading business daily, and before that, at The Jerusalem Post, as a business reporter, feature writer, and consumer columnist. Rachel began writing about Israeli technology companies at LINK Israel’s Business and Technology Magazine and is a professional Hebrew to English translator. In her spare time, she is an active member of the Havurat Tel Aviv congregation, and the Holyland Hash House Harriers, part of an international running and drinking disorganization.