The event began with a parade which made its way down main streets, ending in a beach party enjoyed by thousands.
“Tel Aviv is the only city that accepts us,” said Goby Haninu, an Israeli selling rainbow-coloured flags
“We are not a mistake of nature, we are part of the world created by God,” he told the Agence France-Presse, adding he was “proud” of being gay.
Israel is known as having the most developed LGBT rights in the Middle East and Asia, with a vibrant gay community in Tel Aviv, which Out magazine named “the gay capital of the Middle East.”
Photo by Hadar Cohen