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.
Madrid Gay Pride 2021 will be taking place from June 25 to July 4 in and around the city. While mass gatherings will not be taking place on public streets due to Covid-19 health and safety restrictions, a series of small-scale parties will be transpiring throughout different areas of the city. Madrid Gay Pride is Europe's largest, and usually welcomes roughly two million people to the Pride Parade alone. While 2021's installment is likely to be a little smaller, you can still expect the same amount of fun and pride spirit over the course of these 10 days.
The highlight of Madrid Gay Pride 2021 will arguably be the much anticipated Madrid Gay Pride Parade, which will this year still go ahead, albeit for some restrictions. The iconic event will take place on Saturday, July 3, with things kicking off at 5pm at Atocha Station and finishing around midnight at Plaza de Colón.
Madrid is one of Europe's most LGBTQ-friendly cities, so it makes sense that Pride here packs a punch. Madrid Gay Pride 2021 will kick off on Thursday June 25, with the lively Chueca Pride. Rainbow flags will fly high during the opening address in Plaza de Chueca, which will be followed by a series of parties taking place throughout the district. Expect cultural events, concerts, performances and music for everyone.
Along with these popular events, you can enjoy the 15th edition of the iconic Mr. Gay Pride Spain competition, which will illuminate Plaza de Cheuca on Friday, July 2. Some of the country's dreamiest guys will compete to win the coveted title for 2021. Along with pretty boys, expect live performances from top DJs and pop stars. Everything will wind up on Sunday, July 4 with an incredible closing party that will prove Madrid Gay Pride really is worth all the hype.
Spain currently has relatively relaxed travel restrictions, particularly over the summer period, so check out your country's local requirements for traveling to Spain, and hopefully we'll get to see you at the iconic Madrid Gay Pride 2021. Find a place to stay during Madrid Pride on misterb&b. NEW: you can also book gay friendly hotels in Madrid directly on misterb&b.
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