It's Gay Pride time once again in Barcelona, one of the city's biggest parties that also has an important objective – seeking an end to discrimination and violence towards the LGBT community.
Lasting ten days, this is the seventh time Barcelona has staged this Gay Pride event, which offers the chance for shopping, partying, dancing, making new friends, meeting up with old ones and much more. Most of the action will take place in Avenida Maria Cristina, just off Plaça Espanya, but some events will be staged in other parts of the city.
The slogan for this year's Gay Pride in BCN is: 'Stop bullying LGBTI, not at school or anywhere', and the more than 30 associations involved are determined to remind people that there is still a lot of work to do in the fight for LGBTI rights.
On Saturday 20, the Mostra Comercial (stalls selling all types of items) will be set up in Consell de Cent throughout the day, and at 7pm the inaugural speech will be made. On Thursday 25 at 8pm, the Opening Ceremony takes place at the Antiga Fàbrica d'Estrella Damm.
However, the main events take place on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 in Av. Maria Cristina. In The Village you'll find stalls from the different associations taking part, while the Pride Kids zone is a space where children can have fun with workshops and games. There will also be activities such as the Biblioteca Vivent ('Living Library') on Friday at 8pm, where people who have suffered discrimination will share their experiences, and sports demonstrations by the Panteres Grogues on Saturday morning. The same day at 6.30pm, the Liberation LGBTI demonstration takes place under the slogan 'My body is a battlefield. Our bodies are not at the service of the heteropatriarcal system' – it will go from Plaça Universitat to Plaça de Sant Jaume. From 9pm, Plaça Universitat is the setting for a party with Las Txatis, Exóticopop, Zerzedilla PD's and DJs Sabotage and Silver Larros on the line-up.
Below you'll find more details about what are our picks of this year's Gay Pride. Enjoy (and don't let that foam chaff too much)!
All day Friday and Saturday, and right up until 2am, this space on Av. Maria Cristina will be a great place to hang out, meet and make friends, and generally get into the spirit of the occasion. There will be stalls from around 30 associations, a kids’ zone that includes bouncy castles and various games, a shopping area, bar and terrace. And the best part is, it’s all for free.
Presented by popular local personality Deborah Ombres, and accompanied by live music, this event on Av. Maria Cristina will see the queen of the parade crowned by last year’s winner. If you want your own moment in the spotlight, why not take part in the High Heel race? It kicks off at 8pm and you have to make sure your shoes are at least 7cm high. Be warned, though – competition for the €250 prize is savage.
One of the most fun parts of Pride Barcelona is this nighttime take on the popular kids’ activity. Litres of soap and bubbles will be pumped into a space on Av. Maria Cristina for what has become a key tradition of the weekend. We love it and wouldn’t miss it for the world, but a tip to foam virgins – those bubbles can cause irritation, so best apply vaseline to your sensitive parts.
This is the Pride event that attracts the biggest crowds, and the most diverse range of participants. From 4pm, there will be a warm-up event in the Parc de les Tres Xemeneies (Three Chimneys Park, Av. Paral·lel, 49). The parade with its various floats will then traverse Av. Paral·lel to finish in Av. Maria Cristina, just off Plaça Espanya and the heart of the festivities.
The big blowout after the parade will bring together thousands of revellers in Plaça Espanya with a concert featuring Spagna, local favourite Lucrecia and DJ Yeyo, followed by the DJ Pride Party with DJ Sita Moore. A fitting end to these days of fun that, we shouldn’t forget, are all in the name of the fight for gay rights – this year’s message: stop LGBTI bullying everywhere.