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Tel Aviv gay pride parade draws thousands

Tens of thousands of people filled the streets of Tel Aviv on Friday to celebrate at the city’s annual gay pride event.

AFP reports:

Tens of thousands of people turned out on Friday for Israel’s annual gay pride parade, dancing in the streets of Tel Aviv and waving rainbow-coloured flags.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said about 30,000 people took part in the parade, adding that hundreds of law enforcement officers were deployed. No serious incidents were reported.

Drag queens and civil rights activists joined gays, many of them provocatively dressed, as well as heterosexuals who took part in the parade.

“Tel Aviv is the only city that accepts us,” said Goby Haninu, an Israeli selling rainbow-coloured flags.

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