Monday, July 5, 2010


Last week, Madrid celebrated the annual Gay Pride festival with the main parade culminating on Saturday, 3 July. And in Madrid, trust them to do it big!

The entire stretch from Puerta de Alcalá to Gran Vía and right up to Plaza de España was closed off as thousands & thousands of spectators & participants - gay & straight - packed the streets to celebrate the event.

On this day, there was no judging, no reservations, and pretty much no holds barred. There weren’t even barricades on the road sides to separate the spectators from the participants as their floats moved down. It was just one massive, undivided, fun & colourful party celebrated with pride. Madrid was literally a rainbow of colours – the rainbow flag (or the Pride Flag) being the symbolic representation of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) movement.

What gave everyone more reason to pump up the party was Spain beating Paraguay at the World Cup quarter finals on the same night! Olé!!! The atmosphere was unbelievable. The sense of pride, just so liberating.

So here’s what you missed if you were not at Gran Vía last Saturday.

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