STORY: Tens of thousands of people waved rainbow flags, a symbol of the LQBTQ+ community, and danced through the streets in colorful outfits with police officers deployed to ensure their safety.
The parade was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It returned in 2021 with restrictions in place.
Israel’s LGBTQ+ rights are unusual for the deeply conservative Middle East. Secular Tel Aviv has long billed itself as a gay tourism hub, although in Jerusalem, an hour’s drive away, pious Jews, Muslims and Christians set a more straight-laced public tone.