If you’re visiting Madrid from Friday, June 28th to Sunday, July 7th, 2019, you’ll find a welcoming and colorful city. The great Gay Pride Festival attracts thousands of LGBTIQ travelers from all over the world and is one of the most enjoyable events in the capital. The number of attendees grows every year and not only of the gay community! It is a mega-event that defends the freedom of sexual orientation, respect, and equality. Madrid fully supports its most activist festivity, are you joining us?
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GAY PRIDE MADRID 2019 EVENTS PROGRAM
The events are held in the Chueca neighborhood and in some of the main streets of Madrid. Music, dance, theater, and plastic arts are the driving force during these ten days.
June 28th – Gay Pride Day
An important date worldwide. Malasaña, Barrio de Las Letras, Lavapies and Chueca are filled with events and activities.
July 1th – Madrid Summit 2019
The international conference on Human Rights is inaugurated.
July 3rd – Pride Opening Ceremony
Although there is a festive atmosphere during the previous days, this is the official kick-off of the festivities, stating the music program. The singer Monica Naranjo is the speaker of this event.
July 4th – The famous High-heels Race
One of the star events of the World Pride. The participants are dressed to their liking (with sports clothes or fancy dresses) but the heels are mandatory, and some of them have up to 15 centimeters!
July 5th – Mr. Gay Pride Spain
The most important gay beauty contest in Spain.
July 6th – The Gay Pride Parade
As it is a protest event, instead of calling it “parade” it is called “demonstration”. The demonstration takes place from Atocha to Colón from 5:30 p.m. to midnight.
Madrid Pride 2019 – Official Site
Write down the name of these five squares, where will be staged a wide musical and cultural program:
- Plaza del Rey (Chueca)
- Plaza Pedro Zerolo (Chueca)
- Plaza de España
- Puerta del Sol
- Plaza de Colón
DEMONSTRATION AND REINVINDICATIONS
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a series of demonstrations in New York against a system that persecuted homosexuals. These disturbances are known as the beginning of the claims of the LGBT collective.
It has been a long time since then and the LGTB community has achieved many of the rights it has fought for. Spain has gone from being a repressive country to one that champions the cause. But there is still much to fight for, and therefore a demonstration is also being held this year.
The “demo-party” of this year promises to be as memorable as the previous ones. Full of color, music, joy, glitter and protest banners. The parade starts in Atocha and finishes in Colon, where there will be a stage. Here it will be read the manifesto of the demonstration and there will also be musical performances to entertain attendees waiting for the floats.
The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. and the first to march will be the representatives of the organizations COGAM (Collective of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals, and Bisexuals of Madrid) and FELGTB (State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals, and Bisexuals). Later, it’s the turn of other non-LGBT institutions that collaborate and support these communities. This most vindictive part of the demonstration will run until 7:30 p.m.
But from 8:15 p.m. the floats start to appear in a parade of music and color. The last one will leave at 10:45 p.m. and it will be arriving in Cibeles at 00:30 p.m. The first floats belong to institutions and collectives and followed those, will march the floats of companies committed to the cause. It’s worth going to see them!
BASIC TIPS FOR WORLD PRIDE MADRID
- Accommodation: The city is hyper-busy these days, prices for Airbnbs skyrocket and downtown hotels have almost all beds sold. Do not wait any longer and book your accommodation as soon as possible. The best option for groups is a shared room in a hostel. And we mean of course, in Cats Hostels! Have you already checked at our availability?
- Transport: The metro usually runs until 1:30 a.m., but on the occasion of the celebration, it extends its schedule until 2:30 a.m. In any case, we recommend you move on foot! Not only because you will avoid agglomerations and the underground heat in summer, but because everything is really close. Even if you’re going to different areas, they are better communicated on foot, than by metro. For instance, Puerta del Sol stop is lines 1, 2, and 3, and Chueca is line 5.
- Demonstration: Our advice is that you show up soon and that you watch it from the Atocha area (Cats Hostel Madrid Sol and Cats Hostel Madrid Lavapies are very close if you are staying with us!) Why? Because most people go to Gran Via area, and those streets are very close to Chueca neighborhood and are very crowded. From Atocha, you will be more comfortable, and with more space to walk and take pictures!
We can say that Madrid is more activist than ever, so we take it for granted that this year the World Pride celebration will be very exciting. Enjoy the city atmosphere, the open-bars on the street, the many buildings decorated with multicolored flags, the shops with special offers, the original outfits, and all the friends you will make along the way!
Oh! And if you’re wondering what the best gay clubs in Madrid are, don’t miss our recommendations!