A rainbow flag indicating support for the LGBTQ community was raised over the US embassy in Tel Aviv for the first time Tuesday, according to US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro.

“For the first time in history,” wrote Shapiro on his Facebook page, “the US Embassy in Tel Aviv has raised the Pride flag together with our American flag. We are proud to join with the municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo and its residents in celebrating LGBT Pride Week.”

Tel Aviv’s annual gay pride parade, which will draw thousands of rainbow-clad revelers and cap off the week of events, parties and scantily-clad encounters comprising the city’s annual pride week, is scheduled to take place on Friday.

Long known as a gay-friendly city, Tel Aviv was voted the world’s top gay travel destination for the year 2011 in a survey by American Airlines and GayCities.com.

Debra Kamin contributed to this report.