This past weekend was an exciting one because not only did Madrid win the Eurocup, but it was Gay Pride week, so the Gay Pride Parade was on Saturday! I’ve gone to the Pride Parade in Chicago a couple of times, and surprisingly, this parade was pretty similar. But in Spanish, of course!
I say it was surprising, though, because the Spanish LGBT community has all of the rights that are still being fought for in the United States. Gay marriage is legal, same-sex couples can adopt children, homosexuals can openly serve in the military (a more recent development in the US), and so on. You would think that the parades and festivities in the US would be more political and the ones in Spain would just be a party (I mean, it is Spain), but I actually saw the opposite happen. There were tons and tons of foundations marching with their signs and banners about equal rights, equal treatment in the workplace, etc. I guess once you’ve finally received what you feel you deserve and what you’ve fought to have for such a long time, you make sure that it stays that way.
But don’t get me wrong. It was still a party. 🙂
Warning: You might want to shield your eyes for this next one.
We didn’t actually stay for the entire parade because it went on forever. Also, we’ve turned into old people who get tired quickly because of long weekdays at work and class. There was definitely the option to stay out all hours of the night partying in the street! You can’t deny that Madrid knows how to throw a party, especially when it can celebrate something as great as giving equal rights to all of its citizens.