Madrid is in charge this year of hosting the WorldPride Festival 2017. The central neighborhood of Chueca will be home to one of the most important LGBTQ+ events of the year. The celebrations will run from Friday the 23rd of June until Sunday the 2nd of July, and the agenda is packed with activities, art, concerts, performances, parties, culture, exhibitions, sports and Eurovision artists.
The festival encourages people from all around the globe to come together to celebrate, discuss, share their diversity and raise awareness about different aspects of LGBTQ+ community.The WorldPride Festival 2017 involves five different stages all around the city, an entire park, several main streets, avenues, squares and private venues where the events and concerts will take place.
Artists from all around the globe will gather in Madrid to celebrate from the 28th of June when the first parties kick off. WorldPride Festival brings this year an eclectic and diverse program to celebrate WorldPride Madrid 2017. Music from every single corner of the world, dance, cabaret, pop, latin and electronic sounds from national and international artists will bring a colorful note to the Spanish capital.
A great line up of Eurovision stars will be performing at the different stages and events. Former Spanish representatives like Azucar Moreno (1990), Rosa (2002), Soraya (2009), Ruth Lorenzo (2014) and Barei (2016) are already confirmed. On an international note artists like Baccara (Luxemburg 1978), Kate Ryan (Belgium 2006), Suzy (Portugal 2014), Slavko Kalezic (Montenegro 2017) and Francesco Gabbani (Italy 2017) will be performing too.
On Sunday 2nd of July, the Closing Gala for WorldPride Madrid 2017 will celebrate previous WorldPrides like Jerusalem (2006), London (2012) and Toronto (2014). New York will be then handed over the WorldPride organizer title. The American city will be the hosting city in 2019 on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall events. During this final Gala, big Eurovision winners like Conchita (Austria 2014) and Loreen (Sweden 2012) will also be performing.
The five day long main party will culminate in the grand WorldPride Parade along the main streets of the Spanish capital. This parade is expected to be one of the biggest in history (with around 3 million attendees).
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WorldPride is an event that promotes LGBTQ+ issues on an international level through parades, festivals, and other cultural activities. From 2014, is held on a five-year cycle. The inaugural WorldPride was held in Rome in 2000. The second WorldPride was awarded to Jerusalem in 2006. WorldPride 2012 was awarded to London and coincided with the 19th Annual Europride. The host cities are selected by InterPride, an international association of Pride coordinators, at its annual general meeting.