Madrid and World Pride
¡Viva la vida! The slogan for Madrid’s 2017 World Pride celebrations, the biggest event for the LGTB community all over the world, translates as “Live Life.” The Spanish capital is gearing up to welcome 3 million people from June 23 to July 2, showing them a city that is cultural, multi-ethnic and open to diversity. Culture will flood the streets and squares of the city centre with music, dance, theatre, plastic arts and three festivals: La Culta, MuestraT and La Oculta. Sport and the fight for Human Rights will also be two of the main pillars of 2017 World Pride, which will peak on Saturday July 1, with a parade through the main streets of Madrid.
Although Chueca is the epicentre of Pride, this year other districts and venues will be joining the fun, including World Pride Park, in Madrid Río. The park will be designed as a meeting place for groups and associations and will encourage the exchange of information and culture.
Madrid has a lot to celebrate: besides hosting World Pride. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the first Pride march in Spain. Over the course of these four decades, the city has reached several milestones and made history by organising 2007 Europride, considered the best edition ever.