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Tel Aviv Pride parade takes off with 180,000 partygoers

Tel Aviv Pride parade takes off with 180,000 partygoers

Around 180,000 people from Israel and abroad attended the Tel Aviv Pride parade on Friday, in the nation’s capital.

Pride parades began in the city in 1997.

The theme of this year’s pride was ‘Tel Aviv loves all genders’, in support of transgender people.

A number of streets were closed down, and traffic redirected along the march route. Police were deployed as security, but there were no outbreaks of violent, nor other incidents.

The event drew almost 200,000 people, including Conchita Wurst, the Austrian bearded drag queen, who won the 2014 Eurovision contest. Wurst told a local news station that: ‘There are just beautiful people here’.

Tel Aviv has the largest Pride Parade in Asia, according to the event’s webpage.

Israel is one of the most progressive of Middle East and Asian countries, though the country has not legalised gay marriage, but does recognise gay marriages if they were performed in other countries.

Judaism, which forbids homosexuality, still influences much of Israeli society.