From: Friday, Jun 25th, 2021
To: Sunday, Jul 4th, 2021
Madrid Gay Pride 2021 Europe’s Biggest Pride & possibly its hottest!
Madrid Pride, also known as Orgullo Gay Madrid, is the biggest gay pride in Spain and one of the biggest in Europe, attracting more than 2 million people over the five days of pride. The first Madrid Pride parade was held in 1977 after the death of Franco. Since then the demonstration has grown into one of the largest in the world.
Chueca, Madrid’s gay district
Madrid is one of the most gay friendly and welcoming cities in the world. The district of Chueca is the epicentre of gay life in the city and home to some of the busiest bars and clubs. As the city has grown, so too has the gay neighbourhoods. The local government of Madrid estimates the LGBT+ population to be around 500,000. You should also check out districts such as Malasaña, La Latina and Lavapies, all with their own unique charm and attractions.
Madrid Pride starts with a huge party in Chueca district, complete with a large stage with international acts and DJs. This area of town will play host to many of the parties throughout the event. The celebrations kick off on 25th June with an opening address in Plaza de Chueca. From that moment, squares across the neighbourhood will be packed with cultural events, concerts, performances and music to suit all tastes.
The High Heel Race
Calle Pelayo is where the legendary high-heels race is held on Thursday 1st July, with men of all ages trying to outrun each other wearing a pair of elegant shoes. Plaza del Rey is hosting the Muestra T Festival, a showcase for young musical talent, together with jazz sessions and the emblematic Flamenco Pride night on the Friday night.
Mr Gay Pride Spain
The 15th edition of Mr Gay Pride Spain contest takes place in Chueca on Friday 2nd July. The hottest guys from across Spain compete for the title at the grand gala final. The event takes place at Plaza de Callao and will also feature international DJs and guest appearances by pop artists.
Madrid Pride Parade Route
The biggest party is set to take place on parade day in Plaza de Colón on Saturday, 3rd of July.
The main Gay Pride parade the highlight of Madrid gay pride. The centre of Madrid literally comes to a standstill as a million people line the streets to watch the parade.
The Pride Parade runs from Atocha Station to Plaza De Colon along one of Madrid’s main streets, Paseo Del Prado. The parade is made up of huge colorful floats, party buses and walking groups representing sponsors, associacions, charities and bars. The streets are a sea of colourful rainbows. With almost perfect weather guaranteed in July, the party atmosphere in the street is truly phenomenal and continues late into the night!
Circuit Parties and Night Club Events during Madrid Pride
The week leading up to the main pride parade sees some of the biggest circuit party names take over stadiums, parks and hotel pools for some of the most anticipated dance events of the year. WE Party Week is one of the most popular.
Tanga party, is one of the gay Madrid’s most popular parties takes place at the Barceló Theatre. Different rooms with pop, commercial, funky, and techno music. Shows and special performances.
Churros con chocolate is One of the most enjoyable sessions with commercial music for all tastes and ages, held at Sala Tirso.
Baila Cariño! is One of the biggest clubs in the city centre playing commercial and pop music and hosts several pride themed events. And remember, after the clubs close at 6am, you can even find after-parties that go until 10am or noon.
The best places to view the parade.
While many love to be in the thick of the parade, some of the best vantage points to view the Madrid pride parade are along the hotel room balconies dotted along Paseo Del Prado. Some of the best views can be had at the 5 Star NH Collection Madrid, the NH Madrid Nacional and for those looking for an apartment stay, 60 Balconies Urban Stay.
Where to stay in Gay Madrid?
If you want to be close to all the bars in Chueca, here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action.
Gay Map of Madrid
Most of the gay bars in Madrid are located in Chueca, the city’s gay village and epicentre of all Spanish gay life. Hotels here fill up fast, so book well in advance, especially for key events.
Recommended Apartments in Madrid
The apartment has 7 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 5 bathrooms with a shower. Free WiFi, & air conditioning
The apartment has 5 bedrooms 4 bathrooms, a living room with an XXL sofa bed, a large TV, a fireplace a minimalist dining room. fully equipped kitchen with all the necessary crockery and utensils.
All units here are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV, a living room with a sofa, a well-equipped kitchen with a dining area, and a private bathroom with shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries, & dishwasher
Featuring a kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, each unit also comes with a satellite flat-screen TV, ironing facilities, desk and a seating area with a sofa. There is a private bathroom with shower
Video Of Madrid Pride
For a great guide to both the Madrid scene and the parade, check out this video from the Freshon Guys!
Recommended Hotels in Madrid
If you can, try and get a hotel as close to Chueca as possible, right near all of the gay bars and clubs. Madrid has some stunning designer hotels especially along Gran Via.
Gran Hotel Inglés
Style & Service, 5 Star
Located in the Barrio de las Letras, Gran Hotel Inglés is set on a 19th century building, All rooms feature a stylish décor remembering its original art-decó style
NH Collection 4 Star
The stylish rooms and suites in the hotel are fitted with a coffee machine. The rooftop terrace includes a lounge area with views of the Gran Via and an interior bar cafeteria for your comfort.
Hotel De Las Letras
Great Design, 4 Star
The hotel has a literary theme, & includes a library. Rooms have high ceilings, large windows & a seating area. They are individually decorated with quotes by famous writers & poets.
Room Mate Oscar
In Checa! 3 Star
Right in the heart of the gay area of Chueca, featuring chic décor with bright colors throughout. Each of its air conditioned rooms is spacious and comfortable. All have a minibar