At noon on Friday, June 9, Tel Aviv’s annual Pride Parade will step off from the Tel Aviv Gay Community Center in Meir Park, with the theme of “Bisexual Visibility.”

Marchers and floats will proceed along Bograshov Street, turning north on Yarkon Street, west on Frishman and eventually south onto the beach promenade toward Charles Clore Park, where thousands are expected to turn out for the biggest sunset beach party in the Middle East.

Participants in Tel Aviv’s 2016 Pride Parade. Photo by Guy Yechiely

According to the municipality, this will be the first large-scale pride parade in the world dedicated to celebrating the bisexual community.

Tel Aviv was dubbed “the world’s gayest city” by The Boston Globe and “the gay capital of the Middle East” by Out Magazine.
Last year’s Pride Festival attracted 200,000 people including some 30,000 tourists from around the world.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai at the 2016 Pride Parade. Photo by Guy Yechiely

The parade is part of a weeklong Pride Festival sponsored by the municipality from June 4 to 10. A Pride 2017 tourist information truck is parked this week at Hilton Beach — the LGBT community’s second home throughout the year.

Among many events scheduled throughout the city are the TLVFest-LGBT Film Festival , Tel Aviv Pride Market at the trendy new Rothschild/Allenby Market, an inaugural LGBT Photography Conference & Exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, a Pride History Walking Tour, a Fashion & Pride Walking Tour, an Urban Culture & Graffiti Tour, a Levinsky Market Tasting Tour and nightly parties.