This year Madrid was selected as World Pride Site of the Year, that means we’ve put a little information together to help you navigate through this crazy-fun, art-filled, and seriously well-organized event:
The events officially start on Friday, June 23rd and goes on until Sunday, July 2nd. The main inauguration kicks off on the 28th, at Plaza Del Rey, led by Ceremony Master, Jesus Amate, who will be with the event all week as a head organizer. The event starts at 20:15. Immediately following the ceremony, the music begins with a performance by Jade Y Jorge Iván, a diverse, sensual, and unapologetic female funk, jazz, and pop group hailing from the Caribbean.
The festival is city-wide, which means you can get your daily dose of activities from 5 different stages: Plaza Del Rey, Plaza Del Sol, Plaza Pedro Zerolo, Plaza de España, and Puerta de Alcalá.
…and when is the famous parade? July 1st.
July 1st is the day of the protest, too. It will start at 18:30 in Atocha and track all the way way down to Colón. The organizer´s of the event are COGAM (Collective for gays, lesbians, trans, bi, of Madrid) and FLGTB (Federal Estatal for lesbians, gays, trans, and bi). The volunteer, spectator, and organization presence at the protest this year is expected to be more than 2,000,000 people.
Orgullo Gay Week is all about eye-catching performances that intrigue. One of those being the Briefs Musical, consisting of 6 scantily clad Aussies, showing at the Teatro Calderón all week. If you are looking for something more risqué, check out Sleazy Madrid World Pride. it wouldn’t be a Madrid original without the famous, Carrera de Tacones, or high heel race. This year, the top contenders can win up to 1,000€ in prizes.
Other events include the fiercely competitive women´s football and padel games. Also, there will be a 5k race that promises to leave you completely drenched by the rainbow. Literally. The race itself requires participants to throw colored splat at each other. In short, there is no absence of sport activity here, you will find everything from ball games to swimming races.
The 3 day summit is a philanthropic and intellect-driven event that features world-renown speakers, professors, and activists of the LGBT community. Each day will be from 8:00-19:00 with breaks and lunch included. Tickets for each day are 10€, with the option to purchase the 3-day pack for 20€.
The Museo Thyssen is an active host in World Pride Madrid 2017. There will be an exposition on free and diverse love. Most notably, the restoration of the Giovanni Battista Tiepolo´s 17th century, La Muerte de Jacinto will be revealed.
For more information and a full list of events and itinerary, visit their site.