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Gay Pride Barcelona (Barcelona orgullo in Spanish) draws thousands of LGTBQ revelers from across the world to the beautiful and sunny Cataluñian capital each year. And for good reason. Barcelona Pride always puts on a full and fab program of events: music, workshops, dance, sports, live shows, exhibitions! And, of course, the miles of golden beaches and great gay nightlife are just an added incentive.
The LGBTQ scene is Barcelona is revered for being open, robust, and loads of fun, so it comes as no surprise that the LGBTQ movement in the city has had a colorful and virile history. The very first Pride in Barcelona took place in June, 1977 and was born out of protests, like many prides which transpired during this time. Prior to this, under the rule of Spanish Dictator, Francisco Franco, LGBTQ rights were oppresed, with homosexuality being declared a crime in 1954 and carrying with it a penalty of up to three years imprisonment.
Following the death of Franco in 1975, the Catalan Front for the Gay Liberation (FAGC) was formed in an attempt to rebel against the oppressive laws, and bring LGBTQ rights to the forefront. While Franco's laws more or less remained in place, an estimated 4000 people gathered in 1977 along Las Ramblas Boulevard to demonstrate against LGBTQ oppression.
This protest set the precedence for the LGBTQ movement in Barcelona, and Spain in general, and in 1979, homosexuality was decriminalized. Today, Barcelona Pride remains one of the most momentous prides in all of Europe, welcoming an incredible Pride Parade along with many parties that take place on open-air stages across the city. While the party may steal the show here, Barcelona Pride remains committed to its political foundations, continuing to fight for freedom, dignity, respect, and acceptance for LGBTQ rights. Convinced yet? You should be! We look forward to seeing you at Gay Pride Barcelona this year.
Bear in mind that this is the event program for 2019. Stay tuned for the program for Barcelona Pride 2020, coming soon. For 2019, the theme of Barcelona Gay Pride will be 'We are Family', which aims to send a strong message of unity and inclusion. Recognizing 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising of 1969, this message could not be any more significant than now. By showing the world that love is the only thing that matters, Barcelona Pride hopes to promote the valid rights of freedom, dignity, respect and acceptance for the LGBTQ community. Through difference, everyone can celebrate the fact that we are all just one big family.
Barcelona Pride will this year take places over Friday (June 28) and Saturday (June 29), with an incredible line-up of entertainment catered to different tastes. As per usual, you can expect the lively Barcelona Gay Pride party, which will be coloring the Avenida Maria Cristina on both nights from 8pm. Expect performances from The Vengaboys, Melody, and special guest star Karina. The famous strip will have three main spaces: PRIDE VILLAGE, PRIDE KIDS, and MAIN STAGE, where you can choose between live performances, food options, kid-friendly activities, and so much more.
If you love nothing more than witnessing a gal in heels strutting her stuff, be sure to stick around for the Barcelona High Heels Race. On Friday at 7pm, you can see many enthusiastic queens taking part in the race, in the hope of scoring the €250 winning prize.
The highlight of Barcelona Pride, however, is arguably the incredible Pride Parade, which will be taking place on Saturday, June 29. It will kick off from Parc de les Tres Xemeneies at 6pm, and travel through the city streets before concluding at Plaça Espanya. The LGBTQ march will demonstrate under the slogan "We are Families Everywhere."
Convinced yet? With more than 250,000 people attending PRIDE Barcelona each year, we can assure you that this year's Pride is set to be the biggest rainbow party this side of the Mediterranean. Get in early with your ideal accommodation on misterb&b, and we'll meet you there!