20 June – 30 June 2013
Barcelona has an immense gay scene and the annual Barcelona Gay Pride is the premium event. The main event takes place 28-30 June. For the fifth year running there’ll be ten days of culture, sport, debate, entertainment and parties. It’s the biggest Pride Festival in the Mediterranean – more than 100k turned up last year in their finest dress up.
Get down to the pre-parade party at 4pm on Saturday to get in the mood, take in the atmosphere and make some friends. The parade starts at 6pm with a new route this year starting from Plaza de les Tres Xemeneies with amazing colourful floats, dressed up partygoers and enough decorations and balloons to open a party shop.
The procession parties on past via Av. Paral·lel in the direction of Plaza Espanya where it culminates at Avenida Maria Cristina in one big party. At the Village you’ll find the party raging and it won’t stop till late Sunday/early Monday. Don’t forget your signs, banners and flags to wave at the procession!
Barcelona Gay Pride features exhibitions, movies, music, poetry, readings, literature, art and demonstrations celebrating Catalan traditions, as well as homosexuality. For the full programme, click here.
Thursday is the day to strut your stuff on the beaches – head to Mar Bella in the evening. On the Friday the place to be moves to the Tibidao amusement park by the white Temple del Sagrat Cor Church.
Saturday is the biggest day – enter the Miss Pride Drag Gala 2013 to win a spot in Sunday’s Parade. Saturday afternoon is also the infamous Stilletto Race – don’t forget your 3-inch minimum if you want to enter. In the evening you can check out the fitties at Mr Gay Pride Barcelona and refresh yourself in Europe’s biggest outdoor foam party. Guest DJs provide the tunes while Av Ma Cristina turns into a slippery mess.
The Welcome Inn is walking distance from the gay district, known locally as Gayxample. It’s also just off Las Ramblas and has spacious, comfortable apartments than can cater for up to 15 people. It has common areas for making food and socialising, but the rooms are also very private too. Private rooms start from €25ppppn.
Equity Point Centric is in a beautiful building with privates and dorms. There’s a huge common area, free wi-fi and it’s located on the beautiful Passeig de Gracia right in the heart of the city. Dorms start from €16.90ppppn.
Other European Gay Pride Parades…
- Dublin 29 June
- Oslo 29 June
- Paris 29 June
- London 29 June
- Budapest 6 July
- Frankfurt 21 July
- Stuttgart 27 July
- Stockholm 3 August
- Reykjavik 11 August