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The Madrid Gay Pride – known as Orgullo Madrid in Spain – features by far the largest gay parade in Europe and one of the biggest in the world. Each year Gay Pride Madrid attracts millions of people, cramming into the streets of the Spanish capital to party and celebrate LGBTQ life. Around a quarter of those attending Madrid Gay Pride are visiting from abroad. But can you really be surprised? Spain was one of the first countries in the world to legalize gay marriage as far back as 2005, and Madrid remains at the helm of LGBTQ life in the country.
Madrid Gay Pride started out as a small pride celebration in the 80s, however, it has now transformed into the biggest urban event in Europe. Every year, the event aims to bring people from diverse backgrounds together to create a united celebration of pride. This sentiment is clearly expressed in the mantra of Madrid Gay Pride: 'Pride, example of coexistance'. Following Spain's inaugural Pride in Barcelona in 1977, Madrid took place the following year, and has done so every year since, except for 1980.
After Spain legalized gay marriage in 2005, Madrid Pride achieved record attendance with roughly two million people taking to the city streets to march with pride. In 2017, history was made again for WorldPride Madrid, which welcomed millions of pride enthusiasts to the Spanish capital.
Gay Pride Madrid usually lasts for just under a week and includes several stages throughout the city, open-air concerts, and an electric energy peppering the air of the Chueca gayborhood and beyond. Everything comes to a conclusion with the incredible Madrid Pride Parade, which normally transpires on the Saturday. The impressive parade usually starts at Atocha, and finishes up at Plaza de Colón. Along with the city's always thriving LGBTQ life, you can sure excpect a great time at Madrid Pride. into your gay events' calendar.
The following is the event program for 2020. Stay tuned for the 2021 program.
Please note that due to the global Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, Madrid Pride has been postponed until further notice.
The official Madrid Gay Pride Parade for 2019 is confirmed for Saturday, July 6. The lively festivities will start at 5pm at Atocha Station and finish around midnight at Plaza de Colón. An estimated two million people are expected to attend the pride parade, and the procession will guarantee a host of floats, colorful enthusiasts, and plenty of music. But don't think the fun is going to stop at midnight. There will be plenty of parties which will continue throughout the night, including an after-pride celebration at Plaza de Colón, so be sure to pace yourself.
As per usual, Madrid Gay Pride's cultural program in the run-up to the Parade will include plenty of art exhibitions, readings, cabaret, drag shows, the famous high heels race down Calle Pelayo and (the very popular) Mr Gay Pride Spain contest.
And let’s not forget all the parties and late-night revelry which Madrid is famous for: just another reason why Madrid Gay Pride is such a big hit with LGBTQ travelers! We can already confirm that the popular WE Party will be returning to Madrid Gay Pride, so grab your best set of dancing shoes and prepare for something memorable. So, will we be seeing you there for 2019?