Over 200,000 at Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade, region’s biggest

Thousands of people from around the world partied in Tel Aviv at the Gay Pride Parade, the region’s largest.

The Municipality said over 200,000 people celebrated Friday. The theme of this year’s parade is “Bisexuality Visibility.”

Jorge Medina from Mexico said the parade is “amazing.” Continue reading on Bozeman Daily Chronicle

The parade began at noon, and proceeded to the beachfront, along Bugrashov Street, Hayarkon Street, Frishman and Herbert Samuel, concluding at Charles Clore Park in the city’s south, where a party will be held into the evening. Intermittent road closures were expected throughout the area, including along Allenby, Arlosoroff and King George.

Security was heavy surrounding the parade, with hundreds of police, who warned the public to refrain from bringing any sharp objects or fireworks to the area, as well as animals and bicycles. Officers are also permitted to search revelers for weapons even without probable cause. Continue reading in The Times of Israel

At Friday’s celebration, Mattan Segev, 36, said he had been attending Gay Pride events since he came out at the age of 13. “There is a natural contrast between what is going on in Israel and what is going on in Muslim countries around us but I don’t see why we equate ourselves with them,” Segev said. Continue reading on The Times

Restaurants, clubs and Airbnb poised to cash in: city businesses are raking in the revenues — this year an expected 140 million shekels ($40 million). Haaretz

More photos: What gay pride looks like in ‘The Holy Land’? Chron.com