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WorldPride 2017 – More than 1 Million People in the Streets of Madrid
(Blogmensgo, gay blog of July 4, 2017) WorldPride 2017 in Madrid brought the Spanish capital to a boil this past weekend. The parade featured between 1 and 2 million people in the streets. At total of 3,500 policemen and firefighters were present to assure the security of all participants.
Here is an official video presentation of WorldPride 2017 (in English):
Another clip, with more colors and more rhythm. At first, it looks a bit straight but in the end, everything works out: Whoever you love, Madrid loves you. Whoever you love, Madrid loves you.
The official slogan was: Viva la vida! (Live life!) The mayor of the city, Manuela Carmena, welcomed all visitors with the following tweet: „Whoever you love, Madrid loves you!“
Many posters and banners showed claims for equal rights for all LGBTQI people in the world – in Spain, of course, but also in Chechnya and many other countries in which homosexuality is still an offense or even a crime. Spain introduced same-sex marriage back in 2005.
Due to fears of possible attack, the parade only featured 52 floats and a reduced circuit through the city. One year ago, Madrid saw the worst and deadliest Islamic assassinations in Europe.
Many floats featured big sponsors’ logos. We do without mentioning the companies because behind such presence, there frequently is a commercial interest or a pinkwashing attempt.
The total number of participants is estimated to between 1 and 2 million people. Eduardo Sanz Murillo even talks of 3 million people. In any case, his video report is very nice and well done, despite the somewhat unusual editing.
Obviously, many celebrities were present at WorldPride 2017, such as Conchita Wurst who sang some of her own songs and gave a nice interpretation of Cher’s “Believe.”
This is another video report with unedited sound track and now comments (watch out, the sound is quite loud):
Besides the parade on July 1st, there were many other programming highlights.
Among others, there was a high-heels race with a minimum of 10 cm of height.
The next WorldPride will be celebrated in New York in 2019. The event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots at the very origin of the Gay Pride idea.
Frank-S / MensGo
Initial source: Euronews.com, July 2, 2017.