27 jun 2018

Madrid Pride in Chueca

We just started a new section where some of the friends of AIL Madrid share their experiences and adventures in Madrid. We hope you enjoy it!

Madrid Pride in Chueca 

The rainbow flags are out in Chueca. The streets around Plaza de Chueca will soon be blocked off to traffic and are decorated with colorful flags; Madrid is almost ready to get the party started for the Madrid Pride in Chueca.

Gay Pride here in Madrid began on Thursday 28th and will continue until July 8th. The annual parade that will take place on Saturday 7th of July is the largest gay pride parade in Spain, and one of the largest in Europe as well, and attracts thousands of international visitors. The neighborhood of Chueca is the center of the gay scene, with many clubs, bars, cafes, and restaurants. Many events are being hosted in Madrid this week to celebrate, and you can check out the listings here.

I happen to be staying in Chueca at the moment, as I’m dog sitting for some friends, and therefore have a front seat to the party! The vibe is exciting and fun, and everyone seems ready to dance and sing and have a great time. The actual Chueca metro stop, located in Plaza de Chueca, was impossible to get to yesterday due to the huge crowd in the plaza, so getting off another nearby stop, like Alonso Martinez or Tribunal, might be a good option for getting here. Gay pride week aside, Chueca is a fantastic neighborhood that you should check out while in Madrid. The Mercado de San Anton is a great place to eat, drink, and take in the atmosphere of this exciting and dynamic area of the city.

So enjoy the week everyone, get your rainbow flags and your face paint ready – the party is here in Chueca.

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