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Millions Hit Streets of Madrid for LGBT Pride, Including Conchita Wurst: VIDEO

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More than a million people took to the streets of Madrid, Spain yesterday for one of Europe's largest LGBT Pride celebrations, Expatica reports:

ConchitaTens of thousands crammed one of the Spanish capital's broad central avenues, the Paseo del Prado, in the early evening to the din of drums and whistles in a parade scheduled to last seven hours.

Organisers expected more than a million people at the evening parade, the main event in five days of festivities by defenders of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.

The festival kicked off on Wednesday night with an open air appearance by Conchita Wurst, the bearded Austrian transvestite who won the Eurovision song contest in May. That was followed on Thursday by an annual highlight of the festival: men in high heels and dresses raced on foot through Madrid's gay district, Chueca, cheered on by crowds.

Wurst sang on Friday evening alongside various Spanish stars at a concert in the Vicente Calderon stadium, home to Atletico Madrid football club.

Watch highights from Madrid's Pride parade and part of Conchita's appearance in which she sings "And I'm Telling You", AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. looks like fabulous fun !

    Posted by: Gilbert Baker | Jul 6, 2014 11:17:40 AM


  2. Man, Conchita is gracious, talented and just by being herself she is giving all the haters a big fat finger!!! Go Conchita!!!

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 6, 2014 12:09:28 PM


  3. Not to throw any shade on Madrid or any other Pride parade, but why did Towleroad give such short thrift to covering the WorldPride celebrations in Toronto, a real global event on the LGBT calendar and perhaps the most important Pride gathering this year, given the WorldPride Human Rights Conference that took place?

    Towleroad posted only about the opening ceremonies and the big wedding of 115 same-sex couples. Yet the World Pride Human Rights Conference was perhaps the most significant LGBT human rights forum to have ever taken place thus far, and the Toronto Pride Parade this year was much, much larger than the Madrid parade or other parades that Towleroad gave significant coverage to. Is it because Spaniards are sexier than Canadians, and Towleroad judges newsworthiness based on how many floatloads of shirtless men there are? It just seemed like a missed opportunity to give coverage to a significant international LGBT event.

    Posted by: dtbf | Jul 6, 2014 12:17:29 PM


  4. @DTBF, you're wrong about Toronto (1 million) being much larger than Madrid (1.2 million)it's just a fact, get over it.

    Posted by: willy | Jul 6, 2014 12:21:59 PM


  5. I should further note that the "Emotional Photos of Gay Dads Holding Newborn Go Viral" post is about a birth that took place in Toronto during World Pride, and the gay dads (both Canadians living in Toronto) in question wrote about how fitting it was that this would happen during World Pride.

    Again, it just seems odd that Towleroad seems to be ignoring that World Pride took place.

    Posted by: dtbf | Jul 6, 2014 12:22:34 PM


  6. DTBF - not to mention the "must be seen to believed" double-rainbow that soared about the Toronto gay village on the final Sunday of World Pride. it was a moment everyone present will remember forever.

    a lot of incredible stuff happened at world pride, and it was an honour to get to meet and chat with so many people from all over the world, who came to celebrate.

    http://www.iphoneogram.com/p/754331311099300109_198750465/

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 6, 2014 12:23:32 PM


  7. @willy: Again, I don't want to turn this into a pissing contest between Madrid and Toronto (both great cities with great Pride celebrations), but the week-long World Pride celebrations in Toronto this year drew in an estimated 2 million visitors. I can't find an estimate as to how many attended the parade itself, but in "regular" years Toronto's parade draws around 1 million attendees, and this year the crowds were much bigger. More significantly, there were over 350 groups and 12,000 marchers in Toronto's parade this year (over twice as many as regular years), and watching the whole parade required an epic 5 hours from start to finish (again, twice as long as regular years) -- another reason I wrote that Toronto's Pride Parade was "much, much larger" than Madrid's parade this year. I would be very surprised if Madrid's regular Pride parade this year was longer or had more participants than that.

    Again, I'm not saying Madrid's parade isn't worth covering. It's just odd that an exceptional international Pride event, that takes place only once every few years (this year in Toronto), received such scant coverage from Towleroad.

    It's worth noting that Madrid is hosting the next World Pride in 2015, and no doubt it will be much, much bigger than Madrid's regular Pride this year.

    Posted by: dtbf | Jul 6, 2014 2:17:49 PM


  8. The Spaniards certainly know how to party, that's for sure :)

    And gotta love Conchita. She's continuing on with her whirlwind tour around Europe, telling everyone who will listen that tolerance and acceptance should just be the norm. My prediction is she'll end up one of the most important people of the 21st century. Mark my words.

    Posted by: Rachel | Jul 6, 2014 2:57:18 PM


  9. Maybe they didn't cover Toronto World Pride as much because it's Toronto.

    Posted by: crispy | Jul 6, 2014 3:29:29 PM


  10. Lots of shirtless men and a freak show.

    Posted by: petey | Jul 6, 2014 6:20:44 PM


  11. That's right @Petey. Long live Pride! Millions enjoy it, even if you don't.

    And World Pride in Toronto was indeed great, as was the conference attached to it, which my husband participated in. Even if the city has an obese fool as mayor, you wouldn't know it from the welcoming spirit in the streets. You know it's a good Pride Day when the rain gets quickly followed by a double rainbow.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 6, 2014 6:43:43 PM


  12. How exactly do they determine how many people participated and watched a parade, a festival that can go on all week, and so-on? I find a lot of these quoted numbers and statistics a little dubious. Sometimes I think they're pulling numbers out of their bum. I'd certainly take them with a grain of salt.

    As for Toronto pride, a couple of things:

    This blog is primarily geared towards the Anglo/English speaking world; Toronto isn't exactly exotic to an American (or Canadian), nor is frankly that unique. Madrid is more exotic by comparison, more 'European', representative of another region of the world beside North America. I get tired of the cheer-leading and aggressive attempts by some cities to show how hip, happening, special, 'diverse' they are? Some places try too hard. IMO Toronto is one of those places (there are some U.S. cities in the same category). Truly 'world class' and special cities often don't care what others think about them, some are rarely mentioned in media and popular culture.Lesson is don't be so sensitive to slights, imagined or real. I didn't notice anyone from NYC, L.A., Boston, Chicago, etc. complain their local pride didn't get enough attention on TR. Toronto is a great town with a great pride festival, relax, everybody knows this. Take a cue from another Canadian city, Montreal, a great city, and they know it and don't seem to have the constant need for affirmation I've noticed some Toronto folks need.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 6, 2014 11:41:09 PM


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