The arrival of summer in Madrid is inexorably associated with one of the most awaited festivals. Flags and garlands lining the Chueca neighbourhood are a reminder that the Gay Pride celebrations are underway, proof of what this city is: open, cosmopolitan and diverse.
Open-air concerts, 7 venues with 25 different parties, 154 concerts, 106 cultural activities for all ages, sports activities and a Gastronomy Festival. This variety of events is presented by the popular Madrid neighbourhood to celebrate these festive days calling for rights that have become one of the most important festivals in the world, open to diversity, with the participation of 2 million visitors (including 350,000 foreigners). This edition also includes performances by Dana International, Ruth Lorenzo, Baccara and Chenoa, among others.
This year’s programme will kick off on Friday 23 June with the Muestra.t, the MADO (Visual Arts, Flamenco, Theatre, Dance, Film and Books) artistic and cultural festival, La Culta (FELGTB) and La Oculta (COGAM) festivals.
On Wednesday 29 June, celebrations will get underway with activities such as the Pride Tape Art street intervention and the presentation of the Muestra-t Awards in the Plaza de Pedro Zerolo. Like in previous years, will include the High Heels Race in Calle Pelayo on Thursday 30 or the Mr. Gay Pride Spain Gala Final, on the stage set up in the Puerta del Sol, and the handing over of WorldPride 2017 to Madrid on the WorldPride stage on Friday 1 July.
The high point of the celebrations will be the Madrid Gay Pride Parade on Saturday 2 July, the biggest in Europe, with endless carriages. It will begin at 6pm at Atocha Station and after going down the Paseo del Prado, it will head for Plaza de Colón, where a stage has been set up and there will be no lack of music.
A mass concert will also be held to kick off the year of WorldPride Madrid 2017.
The stage at Plaza del Rey will be the venue for the finishing touch to the celebrations, with a closing party on Sunday 3 July.
The programme of activities will also include other activities, such as guided tours through the Chueca neighbourhood (visitchueca.com), or Chueca Kids, proposals for families and small children, organised by Kideoo in conjunction with AEGAL.