Tel Aviv’s Pride Parade returns on June 25, marking the first mega-event in the city, and will be “a true celebration of life” — the first pride parade post-pandemic that won’t be virtual.
The parade marks the climax of the annual Pride Month celebrations in Tel Aviv-Yafo, that have taken place every June since 1998 and, during that time, attracting hundreds of thousands of Israelis and foreign visitors who join the citywide festivities every year.
Over 250,000 people attended the parade in 2019, recognized as one of the leading events on the global LGBTQ calendar and the largest event of its kind in the Middle East.
The parade, featuring party trucks and DJs, will start at midday at Tel Aviv’s Bograshov Beach, before continuing southwards along the seafront promenade and finishing at Charles Clore Park – where a huge party overlooking the Mediterranean Sea will host performances by leading artists on two main stages.
Gal Hana, Consul for Tourism and Director for Canada commented: “Events mark a milestone and full recovery from the pandemic crisis in Israel. The Pride Parade in Tel Aviv, one of the best party cities in the world, is an exciting world renown anchor event that usually attracts tourists from around the globe.” He added, “the current Tourists Groups Pilot Program that launched on May 23rd welcomed first groups from the USA and Europe which landed in Israel, and they have the time of their life. We can’t wait to see thrilled Canadians boarding the planes and joining the party.”
For Israel, the plan is to increase the number of Tourist Group Pilot Program allowed into the country, and soon reopen to individual international tourists over the summer.
And, in the interest of avoiding the spread of COVID-19, all visitors arriving in Israel must be fully vaccinated, have taken a PCR test that proved a negative result, and will be tested for antibodies upon arrival.
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Tel Aviv Pride 2019 – credit: Guy Yechiely