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Torremolinos, home of Pride

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Thousands watched the parade on Saturday. / ÑITO SALAS

  • Eurovision Song Contest winner, Dana International, headlined the main concert of the Pride 2017 festival in Torremolinos this weekend, which attracted some 40,000 people

Around 40,000 people packed into the Plaza de la Nogalera in Torremolinos over the weekend for the town's Pride festival that has become the third most important LGBT event in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona.

Eurovision Song Contest winner, Dana International, headlined the main concert of the festival on Saturday.

Dana International.

Dana International. / TONY BRYANT

The biggest gay party of the year, which began on Thursday, presented a series of live music concerts, comedy drag shows and colourful street parades.

The highlight of the festival was a performance on Saturday night by transsexual singer, Dana International.

Dana won the Eurovision with the song Diva, in Birmingham in 1998. She has enjoyed international fame following her victory in the competition and she has since become a leading figure in the fight for equal rights for the LGBTI community.

During a press conference held on Friday, the 45-year-old Israeli singer expressed her joy at visiting Spain once again. She explained that, although it was her first time to Torremolinos, she already felt “quite relaxed and at home”.

“Torremolinos has a good name and I think the Pride festival will make the town even more famous. The people here are very liberal and open minded, so I am very excited about the concert, I think we will all have fun,” Dana said.

The concert, which will be held in the Plaza La Nogalera, will begin at 10pm and Dana has promised that Diva is definitely on the set list.

“I am very grateful to the LGBTI community; I think the Eurovision belongs to us,” the singer said.

She concluded by saying, “Gracias to Spain, it is a very beautiful country.”

Several acts performed at the concert on Saturday, including Soraya, Majestic Lion and Nacha La Macha.