Madrid Gay Pride 2021: Madrid's Pride Parade to go ahead

Madrid Gay Pride 2021
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22 June 2021, Redaction

After its cancellation in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, many people are asking if Madrid Pride 2021 is cancelled. The good news is that Madrid Pride 2021 has been less affected by COVID and will go ahead in reduced form and with COVID restrictions in place. Known in 2021 as MADO, Madrid Pride will take place from 25th June to 4th July 2021 and will include street celebrations and other special events, all making up part of World Pride 2021. Let's have a closer look at the details for Madrid Gay Pride 2021

Gay Pride in Madrid 2021

Madrid Pride 2021 COVID restrictions

The organisers of the event in Madrid have emphasised the importance of Madrid's pride festival in 2021, especially due to the fact that the event had to be cancelled in 2020. However, while the event will go ahead this year, certain precautions have been taken by the organisers, who have stated that they have organised the event "in a safe and responsible way, taking into account the pandemic context in which we still find ourselves". One of the main rules for pride 2021 is wearing a face mask at all times, in accordance with the Spanish coronavirus restrictions at the moment, while this year, to ensure a safe and responsible Pride there will be no floats or stages in the parade.

Madrid Gay Pride programme 2021

  • Friday 25th June: Chueca's Pride (Orgullo de Barrio) kicks off the celebrations, as Madrid's gay district comes to life with an opening event in Plaza de Chueca and other events throughout the streets and squares of the neighbourhood which continue throughout Pride week in Madrid. 

  • Wednesday 30th June: Pride Proclamation (Pregón) is an event that marks the beginning of days of visibility and vindication.

  • Thursday 1st July: Madrid Summit, a space for meeting, reflection and demands that deals with the different areas of society and daily life in which LGTB people experience discrimination and inequality.  

  • Friday 2nd July: 15th edition of Mr Gay Pride Spain. The winner of this beauty competition will represent Spain in the international contests: Mr. Gay World and Mr. Gay Europe, with entrants taking part from across Spain.

  • Saturday 3rd July: the Pride Parade is the main event of Pride 2021, where the LGTBI festival fills the streets of the capital, and as always, the colours of the rainbow light up every corner of Madrid.

  • Saturday 4th July: Closing party, the final event of Madrid's 2021 Pride week. 

2021 Madrid Pride Parade

The main event of Gay Pride week is undoubtedly the parade which this year will follow its traditional route from Plaza del Emperador Carlos V (Atocha) and finish in Plaza de Colón. Thousands of individuals and organisations march through central Madrid and while this year, there won't be any floats and stages along the route, there will still be plenty of entertainment and enthusiasm. 

Route map of Madrid's 2021 Pride parade
Route map of Madrid's 2021 Pride parade
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