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Tel Aviv is the only place where the Pride Parade is fully sponsored by the Government. The mayor of Tel-Aviv Yafo opened the parade with a speech:

“We have been marching for some years now, and we will keep on marching in pursue of equality.

“We will keep marching these streets of Tel Aviv with the hope that the pluralism, tolerance and liberalism of this city, will spread to the country, the Middle East and the world.”

The main theme of the parade was “Women for a Change” to celebrate the contribution of women in the LGBT world. 200,000 people participated at the largest pride in the Middle East, and among special guest stars there were Alan Cumming and  Orange is the New Black’s Lea DeLaria.

“Coming to Tel Aviv as a very proud Pride ambassador is the best way I can imagine,” Alan Cumming said.

Lea DeLaria said she was “honored and excited to be a Pride Ambassador for Tel Aviv Pride. Jewish girls are hot!”

The mayor is proud of the city he runs and said that Tel-Aviv is a place where the Pride Parade is a symbol.

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“The Pride Parade has turned into one of the symbols of the City of Tel Aviv with hundreds of thousands of participants and tourists from all over the country and world,” he is quoted as saying.

“I believe that Tel Aviv-Yafo, a city of tolerance, is a beacon to other cities [on] this issue,” Huldai added.

Watch official teaser of Tel Aviv Pride Week 2016:


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