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7 Things to Do During World Pride Madrid

7 Things to Do During World Pride Madrid

Madrid’s yearly gay pride is one of the best celebrations around, but in 2017 the city will host World Pride, which promises to be the biggest, gayest party on the planet. And it couldn’t happen in a better city — the festival marks the 40th anniversary of Madrid’s first pride parade, and in that time Spain’s capital has become a magnet for LGBT visitors. If you’re thinking about getting in on the action, here’s a list of can’t-miss World Pride attractions.

1. Explore Chueca


While all of Madrid is pretty gay-friendly, the heart of LGBT action is found in the Chueca district. You’ll see plenty of rainbow flags waving from the balconies surrounding the central Plaza de Chueca, and there’s no shortage of bars, restaurants, art galleries and shops to keep you busy.

2. Join The Parade


Pride celebrations in Spain are some of the most famous in the world, but during World Pride 2017, the city takes it to a whole other level. Expect between 2 and 3 million gay visitors, locals, and allies to take to the street for this walk, which stops traffic in some of the city’s main boulevards.

3. Shop Around


Madrid is full of great shopping (check out the luxury boutiques in Salamanca if you want your own Pretty Woman moment), but during World Pride the organizers will build a special “Pride Village,” where vendors and sponsors can set up booths. Swing by to purchase some souvenirs (and maybe a bit of swag).

4. Play Ball

Play Ball

If you’re looking to break a sweat during your trip, consider entering one of the sports competitions held by World Pride. Swimming, badminton, tennis and volleyball are just a few of the matches you can expect to see (though we hear there’s a ‘Stiletto Run’ as well that sounds equally tough…)

5. Expand Your Mind

Expand Your Mind

Yes, the parties are going to be fantastic, but there’s more to Pride than dancing on floats. On June 25th and 26th, Madrid hosts the International Conference of Human Rights, where activists and experts on LGBT rights from around the world will get together to share stories and make plans to push progress forward.

6. Catch A Show

Catch a Show

Madrid is full of wide avenues and spacious, open squares, and during World Pride, many of those spaces will be buzzing with live performances. Whether you’re looking to catch a classical concert, a drag show, a pop sensation or even some world-class puppetry, you’re sure to find plenty of entertainment here.

7. Spend Some Family Time

Family Time

Now more than ever, LGBT people have the opportunity to create unique families of their own. The festival organizers have taken note, and organized an entire program of activities kids and their families can enjoy together during the course of World Pride.

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