How does a week away with 200,000 swelteringly hot guys sound? If you can handle it, then you need to start preparing for the jaw-dropping gay gathering that is Tel Aviv Pride. We asked Nadav Peretz from Outstanding Travel how to make the most of this epic event.
Grindr: When should we visit?
Nadav: This year’s Tel Aviv Pride week starts on June 4 and ends on June 10. Many choose to stay longer and explore more of the country though. The whole city gets involved and celebrates its diversity with parties, parades, concerts, cultural festivals, and so much more.
What can we expect from Tel Aviv Pride?
The crown jewel of Tel Aviv Pride Week is the annual Pride Parade (June 9) that attracts hundreds of thousands of people. They gather for the opening ceremony at Meir Park and march along the coast before arriving at Charles Clore Park for a massive outdoor festival on the beach. During Tel Aviv Pride Week, there are dozens of parties with world-class DJs and productions. Of course, most tourists would like to tour Israel during Pride Week; they can join our Tel Aviv Pride Gay Bus tours to Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Petra, and the Galilee.
The top events this year will be:
Andrew Christian Pool Party at the Poli House – June 7
Water Park event – June 8
Papa Party – June 8
Tel Aviv Pride Parade – June 9
DJ Offer Nissim Party – June 10
The Pet Shop Boys Concert – June 10
Where’s the best place to watch the parade?
Unlike most parades, Tel Aviv’s is open for everyone to participate and march together for the entire route from Meir Park all the way to Charles Clore Park. If you prefer just to watch, the best spot will be the pool side of the David Intercontinental Hotel or the Royal Beach Hotel.
What makes it different to other pride events?
The route of the parade starts in Meir Park and ends at the beautiful beachfront of Tel Aviv with a colorful concert.Tel Aviv is an amazing, unique cosmopolitan city with amazing nightlife and a great beach, which will be packed with plenty of guys from around the world.
What‘s this year’s message for the event?
This year’s parade will celebrate bisexual rights.
Any insider tips?
Tel Aviv is very hot and humid during the month of June. While that means an abundance of hot guys in very little clothing…remember to keep hydrated, especially when outside all day for the parade.
What is your favorite part of the event?
The best part is marching the parade with so many friends and tourists from around the world and celebrating freedom, equal rights, and love.
What MUST we bring in our suitcase?
Sexy swimwear and sun protection lotion.
Finally, are there any good causes to get involved when visiting?
You can always visit the Tel Aviv Gay Centerand ask if they need a volunteer for any of the Pride Week events!
Special thanks to Nadav Peretz from Outstanding Travel for the lowdown and photos.