Over 100,000 people are expected to take part in Friday’s 17th annual Gay Pride parade in Tel Aviv, whose theme is Tel Aviv Loves All Genders.
Traffic in the city will be disrupted for much of the day, and urban bus routes will also be affected.
The day’s events start with a “‘happening” in Gan Meir Park, at 9 A.M., with music and drag performances, but for a change no politicians are scheduled to speak this year.
The parade will step off from Gan Meir at noon, proceeding along Tchernichovsky Street and turning left on Bograshov Street. At Hayarkon Street it turns right, and at the corner of Frishman and Herbert Samuel Boulevard trucks carrying DJs and dancers will join the route. The parade will continue along the boardwalk, ending at Charles Clore Park at around 2:30 P.M.
After the parade there will be several performances at the Clore Park through the late evening — including by Conchita Wurst of Austria, who won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.
Parking will be prohibited along the parade route from 7 A.M., any parked vehicles will be towed. Starting at 11:30, vehicles will be barred from the parade route and nearby streets, as follows: Bograshov from King George to Ben-Yehuda, in both directions; Marmorek from Ibn Gabirol to Rothschild Boulevard; Arlosoroff from Ibn Gabirol to Hayarkon streets; Ben-Yehuda from Allenby to Dizengoff, in both directions; Allenby, from Kikar Hamoshavot (King George) to Herbert Samuel; Hayarkon, from Rokah to Gan Hakovshim, in both directions; Herbert Samuel from Shalag Street to Jerusalem Boulevard; Jerusalem Boulevard from Ben Zvi to Eilat Street. All roads crossing the parade route will be blocked as well.