Over 170,000 Israelis march in Tel Aviv 2022 Pride Parade

Concern over heatstroke were prevalent as partygoers celebrate LGBTQ+ pride in Tel Aviv.

 Tel Aviv Pride Parade 2022. (photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)
Tel Aviv Pride Parade 2022.

Tel Aviv Pride Parade 2022 kicked off with a bang on Friday morning with hundreds of thousands in attendance, donned in rainbows and glitter.

Tel Aviv Pride Parade 2022 (credit: Avshalom Sassoni/Maariv).

Several warnings were issued prior to the event as the heat in Tel Aviv reached new heights, with serious concern that attendees would overheat or become dehydrated.

Nevertheless, some 170,000 in attendance dressed to impress, with drag queens as tall as the heavens left and right and proud couples marching hand-in-hand.

The parade began near the Sporteque on Rokach Boulevard, where flags, hats, stickers and more were distributed.

Then, the parade began, making its way down Rokach to a massive performance area in Ganei Yehoshua within Yarkon Park.

 Tel Aviv Pride Parade 2022.  (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV) Tel Aviv Pride Parade 2022. (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)

This is not the traditional parade route; throughout the past decade, the event began at Gan Meir and made its way down to the famed Tel Aviv beach.

"For the first time in 20 years, the Pride March route is running through here; there is nothing more exciting than that," said Transportation Minister and Labor head Merav Michaeli. 

"But," she added, "as happy as we are here today, it's important to remember those who are not here, because they are being silenced into fear. We will not allow them!" 

Michaeli pointed to the drones above the crowd, noting the transportation ministry's dedication to public protection and leading position in public drone use. 

"As the sitting leader of the Labor party, I am telling you: Labor is your home! Labor knows that equality is a non-negotiable right that applies to everyone." 

Some of the artists performing on the main stage at the huge party are Iggy Azalea, Agam Buhbut, Anna Zak, Harel Skaat, Zehava Ben, Jasmin Moallem, Raviv Kanner Liran Daninno and more.

"This year’s Pride celebrations are twice as festive as we are also celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, marking Her Majesty’s 70 years of service," said British Ambassador to Israel Neil Wigan. 

"The UK has come a long way in its support of the LGBT+ community during these 70 years."

British Ambassador to Israel Neil Wigan

Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to this report.