For a city with a gay population and scene as large as Barcelona, it’s always been lacking a proper pride festival. In the past, locals have decamped to take part in the much larger Madrid Orgullo.
But since 2008 organisers have taken some of the politics out of Barcelona Pride and inserted some more fun, with a pretty entertaining spectacle coming out of it.
Now a proper major event is being staged, and with each year it's gotten bigger, better and glammer, with several Pride-related events taking place over ten days. While not as big or commercial as Matinee's Circuit Festival in August, expect sauna naughtiness, shopping discounts, and bar promotions as well as special parties.
The main events not to be missed include:
Wednesday June 25
24:00-05:00. Mr Pride Barcelona at Metro (Sepúlveda 185).
Friday June 26
20:00-23:00. Stiletto Race. Minimum of three inches required. Heels, that is. Followed by Miss Drag Pride Barcelona. At the main Pride Village by Avenida Maria Cristina by Plaça Espanya.
23:00-02:00. Foam party. Let yourself loose in the bubbles. Pride Village.
02:00-06:00. Tanga. Pride editiion of new weekly at Under (Tarragona 141).
Saturday June 27
13:00-14:00. Synchronised swimming. Let's gay it up properly. Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc (Av. Miramar 31)
16:00. Parade. Leaving from Plaça dels Tres Xemeneis (the three chimneys at Parallel by Portal de Santa Monica) at 18:00, the parade will make its way along the Parallel to Plaça Espanya where the festivities culminate in one big party.
20:00-02:00. Main party. Drag shows, DJs, and the mandatory reading of the pride manifesto. Pride Village.
02:00-06:00. Xtra Pervert. Matinée Pride party at Poble Espanyol.
Sunday June 28
12:00-21:00. Tibidabo Pride Day. Gay boys take over the amusement park. EUR 12 entry.