Gay Pride week here in Madrid began on Wednesday and will continue through the weekend. The annual parade that will take place on Saturday is the largest gay pride parade in Spain, and one of the largest in Europe as well, and attracts thousands of international visitors. The neighborhood of Chueca is the center of the gay scene, with many clubs, bars, cafes, and restaurants. Many events are being hosted in Madrid this week to celebrate, and you can check out the listings here.
I happen to be staying in Chueca at the moment, as I’m dog sitting for some friends, and therefore have a front seat to the party! The vibe is exciting and fun, and everyone seems ready to dance and sing and have a great time. The actual Chueca metro stop, located in Plaza de Chueca, was impossible to get to yesterday due to the huge crowd in the plaza, so getting off another nearby stop, like Alonso Martinez or Tribunal, might be a good option for getting here. Gay pride week aside, Chueca is a fantastic neighborhood that you should check out while in Madrid. The new Mercado de San Anton is a great place to eat, drink, and take in the atmosphere of this exciting and dynamic area of the city.
So enjoy the week everyone, get your rainbow flags and your face paint ready – the party is here in Chueca.