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 Madrid Gay Pride 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. With six different stages throughout the city, open-air concerts, and an electric energy peppering the air of the Cheuca gayborhood and beyond, you'd be mad not to pencil Madrid Pride into your gay events' calendar.
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'.
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?
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