As thousands paraded through the streets police said they detained a man carrying a small homemade bomb. It came after a night of street disturbances by religious protestors.
At a separate event some streets away, blocked behind police barriers, religious Jews held their own rally. One of their leaders described the gay pride event as “a desecration.”
On the eve of the parade police fought running battles with protesters in one area of the city.
Dozens of people were arrested.
A similar Gay Pride march in Tel Aviv passed without incident earlier this month.