Wondering what to do, where to go, and how to celebrate this week? We’ve got you covered with a brief list of MUST-DO’s for Barcelona Pride Week!
Grab your rainbow flags, your glitter, and a whole lot of energy because it is Barcelona’s Pride Week! Barcelona Pride Week began on June 23 and will last until June 30th. In an already electric city, Barcelona’s streets will be overflowing with love as there is a full week of events in support of the LGBTQ community, from races in heels to the renowned and long-awaited Pride Parade.
BACKGROUND: SPAIN’S PRIDE
Did you know Spain was one of the first countries to legalize gay marriage on July 3rd, 2005? Way to be a leading force behind the acceptance of the LGBTQ community. In 2013, Pew Research Center conducted a survey in Spain asking, “should society accept homosexuality?” The results revealed that 88% of Spain supported the acceptance of homosexuality. With such an outstanding response, there is no doubt that Spain is known as one of the most gay-friendly countries in Europe. In addition to the eminent support of its LGBTQ community, every year since 2008, Spain has dedicated a week to celebrate gay pride. This week usually takes place toward the end of June and early July. Making it a perfect time to celebrate good weather, good company, and endless love in the streets of Spain.
TIME TO CELEBRATE OUR PRIDE TOGETHER
Now that you know a little about gay pride in Spain, here’s how you can join to celebrate ALL LOVE!
19:00 h: Are you a film junkie, or just love popcorn? Then you should celebrate the end of the week by watching a series of lesbian short-films. This Thursday at 7:00 pm, Magles Match is showing a series of lesbian short films and the premiere of Sirens at Casal Lambda. C/ Marquès de l’Argentera, 22. Barcelona. Free popcorn and cava will be waiting for you! 18.00 h- 23.00 h: It’s the PRIDE BCN Kick-Off at Plaça Universita. Hosted by La Terremoto de Alcorcón and Sharonne, with a performance by Roser, it is the perfect way to get an early start to your weekend.
19:00 h: IT'S FRIYAY! That means putting on your heels and running to the streets to celebrate. Literally. PRIDE BCN hosts their annual High Heels Race at 7:00 pm sharp. The race will take place at Escenari Pride BCN. Av. Reina Maria Cristina, Barcelona (Main Stage). Whether you’re participating to win the 250 euro prize or simply want to enjoy the race and have a good time, it is a must-go-to event.
19:30 h: After the madness of heels pounding against the pavement, be sure to stay for the exhibition with the best Drag Queens of Barcelona. Many come to show off their best hair, make-up, and outfits to give the performance of a lifetime.
23:59 h- 03.30 h: End your night at Carita Bonita for great music, delicious food, and the best drinks! Located at Carrer de Balmes, 6, near the heart of the Gaixample district, you are bound to dance the night away.
11.00 h- 13.00 h: Wake up Saturday and head right back to the Reina Maria Cristina to participate in various sports such as basketball, ping pong, and volleyball! There’s no better way to start the day than enjoying a game with your friends. This activity will be hosted by Panteres Grogues and is open to everyone.
11.00 h- 20.00 h: Don’t worry, PRIDE BCN is kid-friendly. Over the weekend there will always be a PRIDE Kids Zone where any child (or adult) can enjoy arts and crafts, a bouncy house, gladiator zone and much more!
… IT’S ALMOST TIME FOR THE PRIDE PARADE
16.00 h: It’s pre-party time! Floats will begin to gather and the crowd will follow at the starting point for the parade, located at, Jardins de les Tres Xemeneies. Av. Paral·lel, 49. 17.00 h:
And we’re off! Join the crowded streets as people dance through them, celebrating their PRIDE and LOVE with rainbow flags, paint, and balloons.
ROUTE: Jardins de les Tres Xemeneies > Av. Paral·lel > Pl. Espanya
19:00 h: The party doesn’t end after the parade. Be sure to stick around for the celebrations that follow back in the Maria Cristina Main Stage.
These are just a few of the events taking place throughout the week. If you are interested in learning about more events, or how to get yourself involved check out PRIDE BCN for more information!
OneCoWork would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Pride Week!