This Friday, Blake and I attended the Tel Aviv Pride Parade with the Jerusalem Open House, passing out flyers for the march in Jerusalem July 29, during and before the parade. At the fair that preceded the parade, there were all kinds of booths set up from different Israeli organizations that serve the LGBT community – from Tehila, the Israel version of PFLAG, to Sisters, a women’s organization, to gay-friendly rental apartments looking for consumers.
The parade itself was an awesome thing to see. Since I started from the back and tried to move forward through the parade to pass out flyers to marchers throughout, I got to see all of the various floats, filled with dancers and glitter and rainbows.
There was a lot of swimming, music, and food. There were also vendors set up with rainbow stickers, bracelets, etc. I couldn’t find any official Tel Aviv Pride shirts sadly, but there was some really cute jewelry (not just the sometimes tacky rainbow stuff I usually find!).
Next week will be the next Pride event in the area, the Jerusalem Pride Picnic on July 25! It will be at 3 pm at Gan Sacher, with a potluck lunch, soccer, and Shabbat services.