Spain is one of the most openly supportive countries in the world when it comes to gay pride. There are many festivals and parties that are thrown yearly just to celebrate the LGBT community. These festivities can be found all over the country whether it’s in the capital, Madrid, or on the island of Ibiza. In 2018, these celebrations will be taken up a notch to provide the best experience possible.
June is a big month for Pride as there are many celebrations happening across the country. These various festivals take place during different times throughout the month in order to allow maximum attendance at each event. In this post, only two of the largest celebrations will be covered: Barcelona and Madrid Pride.
Dates: June 14 – 18, 2018
Sitges has prepared 4 days of concerts, parties and other festivities for the attendees of this Pride celebration. Each day there are different drag shows and concert tributes to see as well as pool parties to splash around in. On Sunday, the parade takes place with over 2,000 performers and nearly 20,000 people lining the streets. These 4 days in Sitges will be filled with music, fun, shows, and Pride.
Dates: June 23 – 30, 2018
This festival is a week long of madness and fun. It is one of the most popular Pride celebrations in Europe with over 250,000 in attendance. The theme of the 2018 Barcelona Pride is the LGBTI phobia in sports. There are parties throughout the entirety of the event. There are two main areas: Moll de la Fusta and L’Eixample which is hosting the majority of the festivities including the Miss Drag Queen gala, a charity Gymkhana, sports, high heel races, and more. There will be a Pride Kids event full of water activities, games, and bounce houses for entertainment for the kids. Barcelona will keep you entertained during this week full of activities and events.
Dates: June 28 – July 8, 2018
This 10 day celebration is filled with parties, music, dancing, sports, lectures, and other activities. Madrid’s Pride event is one of the most successful in all of Europe due to over 1 million people who come together to walk the streets during the parade. Leading up to the parade at the end of the week, the WE Pride Festival takes place where some of the best electronic music is played as well as other extraordinary performances. Attendees of the Madrid Pride will visit Madrid’s gay neighborhood, Chueca and Pride Village in Madrid Rio where many cultural activities are held. This event is suitable for people of all ages and welcomes children.
Dates: September 3 – 8, 2018
This celebration rightly names itself as the “European Summer Closing Pride” event! This is only the 8th big pride outing for the high octane resort and is set to be the biggest and most WOW FACTOR event on the Costa Blanca coast in 2018.
The main attraction for visitors is the old town which is where you will find the pumping heart of the gay village. There are over 30 gay bars, clubs, terraces and restaurants and don’t forget the magnificent beaches of Benidorm.
Spain has many organized celebrations for the LGBT community throughout the year. The country welcomes everyone and celebrates the freedom and incorporation of sexual diversity into society. Each event grows in popularity each year due to Spain’s incredible tolerance and acceptance. The events are open to the general public so although you may not be a part of the LGBT community, you are still welcomed to attend and celebrate with everyone.