ORGULLO 2014 MADRID GAY PRIDE
July 02 - July 06
|When||July 2-6, 2014
|Time||Main parade and party on Saturday July 5
By far the largest gay parade in Spain and with around two million people taking to the streets, one of the biggest pride events in the world. It so overshadowed other pride events in Spain that it was moved back a week to allow regional events to flourish.
The Madrid Orgullo (orgullo is the Spanish word for pride), however, is perhaps also the least gay of major pride events, as it has gradually turned into the main fiesta for the city. Activities are centred around Chueca, and at night the streets will be jam packed with concert-goers out to enjoy the free live acts in the neighbourhood’s squares, but you may be hard pressed to spot the likeminded.
The gay part of the business revolves around the last weekend with most of the parties taking place from Thursday through Sunday and the parade – more political and less festive than, e.g., New York Pride – on the Saturday, packing an insane amount of scantily clad buff bodies. Other highlights include La Carrera de Tacones on Thursday, the classic stiletto race. During the day, the terrace at Roommate Oscar and the pool at El Lago de Casa de Campo are the focal spots of gay activity.
Thursday July 3
19:30: Carrera de tacones. The famous stiletto race at calle Pelayo in Chueca.
24-06: Kluster @ Chango. Orgullo special for the boys who like a little more edge.
Friday July 4
20-late: Mr Gay Pride España 2014. Swimsuit candidates and good fun, followed by DJs and live acts at Plaza Callao, just off Gran Vía.
23-late: Shangay Pride. The new macro-party from the former Infinita organisers. Spanish pop at Vicente Calderón stadium (metro Puerta de Toledo).
24-late: Matinée La Leche party at La Riviera. This will be busy.
Saturday July 5
13-16: Chill at the pool at El Lago. Informal splish-splash for the party-weary.
18-24: Pride parade. Leaves from Atocha along Paseo del Prado to Puerta de Alcalá (the traditional starting point). Best vantage point from Plaza Cibeles.
20-02:30: DJs and live acts at Plaza Chueca and Plaza Callao (just off Gran Vía).
24-06: Kluster @ Chango. The regular Saturday night session.
24-07: WE Party Festival main party at Fabrik. The main party this year, as there's no Infinita.
Sunday July 6
18-06: WE Party 'Sex Shop' Closing Party at La Riviera. For many, the main event. By midnight, it'll be heaving.
Check out our recommendations for gay-friendly hotels in Madrid if you are planning to visit for Orgullo.