Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade 521.
(photo credit: Yoni Cohen)
The slogan for this year's Tel Aviv Gay Pride events is “It’s worth being gay!” And indeed, it looks like it'll be worth attending as the 2011 Pride Parade, the central event of the celebrations, is set to be as big and impressive as ever.
The huge street parade set to take place on Friday, is expected to be attended by thousands of locals and tourists, and will culminate with a beach party. The parade will begin in Gan Meir at around 1:30 p.m., pass through Bograshov and Ben Yehuda Streets and end at Gordon beach.
Though the parade is the main event, the weekend's festivities will kick
off on Thursday night with "Sunset Beach Cocktail" party located on the
southern part of the Tel Aviv beach close to the David Intercontinental
hotel in Clara, a trendy open air mega bar. The leading DJs in town
will come together to host the official opening of Pride Weekend.
On Friday morning from 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. there will be a two-hour
Gay City Tour, which will explore the heart of Tel Aviv, telling the
story of the LGBT community. Pre-booking is necessary: www. telavivgayvibe.com, NIS 60, Starting point: Meir Tower Herzl corner of Ahad Ha’am.
For those in search of something a little more upbeat, MTV will be
putting on a crazy drag celebration hosted by TLV’s most favored drag
queens, performing the hottest MTV hits. Gan Meir. 10:00 a.m. till 1:30
Some of the best DJs in town and international guests will keep the
beach party going until 6:30 p.m. Performers include Lovegang (Hamburg),
Erez B.I., Samuel Blacher, Israel Aharoni, Ziona Patriot, Offir Malol,
Shimai (Barcelona), Oscar Loya (Berlin) and many more.
A number of parties will pump on well into the early hours of Saturday
morning. Evita, popular with tourists and locals alike, will be hosting
its very own Parade Party, bringing the trash back to the dance floor.
Evita bar, 31 Yavne St.
For those that still have energy left on Saturday, the 6th Tel Aviv LGBT
International Film Festival will be opened with a party named "We Will
Rock You!" Three Israeli divas - Talula Bonet, Oshree, Betty Licious -
will be rocking one stage. The music will be provided by DJs Mikey
Hefez, Mikka Shmikka & Adi Dgani, and straight from Berlin DJ
Metzgerei. ZIZI, 7 Karlibach St. 10:30 p.m. NIS 30.
The pride weekend events, which cost a total of some NIS 300,000, are
mainly being organized by Tel Aviv's municipality as well as volunteers
from the community.
Over 5,000 tourists were expected to arrive from overseas just to join
in the celebrations, said Shai Doitsh, "Tel Aviv Gay Vibe" Brand Manager
and national board member of the LGBT Aguda.
Doitsh also explained that the municipality and all other bodies are
fully supportive of the events and he believes that support will only
increase from year to year.
In fact, many of Tel Aviv's residents support the pride celebrations, as
well as the city's mayor, Ron Huldai. He recently said that "the gay
community serves as a true example of tolerance and openness, and even
lights the way for other groups in Israel."