Pride parade marches in Jerusalem amid distractions (Gallery)

The celebration returns after being cancelled last year due to coronavirus.

The Jerusalem Gay Pride parade returned to the streets this year after a one year hiatus due to coronavirus restrictions.

The parade drew around 7,500 people who celebrated amid heavy police security, although no violent incidents occurred, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Elsewhere in Israel, the more liberal city of Tel Aviv is getting ready to kick off a week of pride festivities on June 6, culminating in the Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade on June 11.

The celebrations come while a new Israeli government is being formed that could oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu has been prime minister since 2009, although he first held the position from 1996 to 1999.

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