Pride in the streets

Jerusalem’s gay pride parade was postponed this year and was more subdued than usual, but organizers still managed to pull it off.

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September 23, 2014 12:18
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Celebrants march in the gay pride parade.

Celebrants march in the gay pride parade.. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

 ‘Pride flags fly in Jerusalem 2day, in which other Middle Eastern capital wud u c dat,” wrote Venesa Carmel on Twitter. Other writers agreed. “Tis the season to be jolly- gay pride in Jerusalem” wrote one, with pictures of the rainbow flag fluttering next to the Prima Kings Hotel.

The parade, postponed due to the Gaza war, was festooned with colorful flags, hats and shirts as it snaked its way from Jerusalem’s Liberty Bell Park to Independence Park. Organizers estimated around 2,000 to 3,000 people attended. The route was different and shorter than previous years. “We tried to make this parade as a more community-oriented event; we didn’t invite politicians or march to the Knesset,” explained Jerusalem Open House board member Roi Grufi, who has been in six of the previous parades.

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