Tel Aviv’s immensely popular Gay Pride Parade – the 20th annual – will take place this year on Friday, June 8. The event is expected to attract huge crowds. Last year’s parade was attended by 200,000 people, including 30,000 foreign tourists.
The 2018 Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade features a tribute to longtime LGBT activists. The official parade will kick off at noon, but will be preceded by events on Ben-Zion Boulevard beginning at 10 A.M. The parade will conclude with a massive party at Charles Clore Park, near the city’s Mediterranean shoreline, which will continue into the evening.
Musical offerings will include favorites from the Eurovision Song Contest over the years, a performance by longtime members of the LGBT community of "Golden Boy," as well as a drag show and an appearance by the Israeli Arab diva Nasreen Qadri.
10 A.M.: Ben-Zion Blvd.: Performances, vendors and activities for children and adults
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Noon: Departing Ben-Zion Blvd.: Parade kickoff by Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai
The parade will proceed west (towards the sea) on Bogroshov Street, right on Hayarkon Street, left on Frishman Street, and left on Herbert Samuel Promenade to Charles Clore Park.
1 P.M.: Parade of 13 floats departs from the intersection of Frishman and Herbert Samuel
2:30 P.M.: Main performance stage opens, hosted by Gal Uhovsky and Lucy Aharish at Charles Clore Park
3:30 P.M.: Final floats enter Charles Clore Park
3:00 to 6:45 P.M.: Main stage performances by star performers, including Israel’s Netta Barzilai, the winner of this year’s Eurovision competition. The adjoining area will include a shaded space with activities for children, a teen area operated by the Israel Gay Youth organization, and stands selling food and other products.