Madrid kicks off nine days of ‘World Pride’ celebration

World Pride Madrid 2017 celebrations running from 23rd June through 2nd July. Photo: WorldPrideMadrid2017.com
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• Most important LGBT celebration worldwide arrives to Spain’s capital city
• World Pride Madrid 2017 honours 40 years of struggle for LGBT-rights in Spain

Madrid on Friday kicked off nine days of festivities across Spain’s capital city as the host city for “World Pride Madrid 2017,” celebrating LGBT pride worldwide at the same time the country honours the last four decades of struggle for recognition of LGBT rights, which reached a high-point in 2005 when the country became the fourth nation in the world to legalize marriage between same-sex individuals.

The global World Pride festival is the most important event for the worldwide LGBT community and was launched in 2000 in Rome, with subsequent international festivals celebrated in Jerusalem in 2006, London in 2012 and Toronto in 2012. Following Madrid, the next World Pride celebration is slated for 2019 in New York City.

Marking 40 years of struggle for LGBT rights in Spain, which began in 1977 with the first gay rights march to take place just two years after the end of the sexually repressive and ultra-Catholic regime of dictator Francisco Franco, the World Pride Madrid 2017 celebration also commemorates the 30th anniversary of the first gay celebrations held in Madrid’s Chueca neighborhoud and a decade since Madrid hosted the EuroPride festival, scheduled to take place in Spain’s capital city again this year.

Through the 2nd of July, Madrid residents and visitors from across Spain, Europe and the world can enjoy a wide variety of entertainment and educational events, ranging from an LGBT human rights conference from 26th-28th June to a Chueca Kids & Family Parade and the crowing of Mr. Gay World 2017. For a full schedule of events, visit www.WorldPrideMadrid2017.com…

► Read More in Spanish at El País, El Mundo and El Plural …

► Read More in English at NBC News and TheLocal.es …

► Read Full World Pride schedule of events in English, here …

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