By far the largest gay parade in Spain and with around two million people taking to the streets, one of the biggest pride events in the world.
The Madrid Orgullo (‘orgullo’ is the Spanish word for pride), however, is perhaps also the least gay of major pride events, as it has gradually turned into the main fiesta for the city. Activities are centred around Chueca, and at night the streets where jam packed with concert-goers out to enjoy the free live acts in the neighbourhood’s squares.
The gay part of the business revolves around the parade – more political and less festive than, e.g., New York Pride – on the last Saturday and the parties that weekend, packing an insane amount of scantily clad buff bodies.
Other highlights include La Carrera de Tacones on Thursday, the classic stiletto race. During the day, the terrace at Roommate Oscar and the pool at El Lago de Casa de Campo are the focal spots of gay activity.
Due to the very progressive laws of gay marriage and anti-discrimination, approved by Spain’s government and parliament in 2005, Madrid was chosen to host the EuroPride 2007. The parade in the very center of Madrid – with more than a million participants and visitors – became the hottest and most colourful gay pride parade Europe has ever seen. [Source]
Pillow Fight in the streets of Chueca.
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