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Torremolinos gears up for Pride 2018

Last year's Pride event attracted over 40,000 people.
Last year's Pride event attracted over 40,000 people. / SUR
  • The event will serve to highlight the rights of coexistence, diversity, visibility and equality of the LGBT collective

Torremolinos will be hosting the biggest gay party of the year. Under the slogan of '50 Años Siendo Visibles' (50 years of being visible) the festival will begin on 26 May and continue until 3 June.

Organised by Torremolinos town hall and several local LGBT associations, the event will serve to highlight the rights of coexistence, diversity, visibility and equality of the LGBT collective. The nine-day festival will present a series of live music concerts, comedy drag shows, films, beach and pool parties, competitions, workshops and colourful street parades.

The event attracted more than 40,000 people last year, so this edition has been extended by five days, making it one of the biggest gay events in Spain. The festival will take place in various venues and locations in the town, although the main events will be held on the stage in the Plaza La Nogalera.

The fun starts on Saturday 26 May at midday, with a volleyball championship on the Bajondillo beach, followed by an inaugural party at 10pm in the Sala Centuryon in Torremolinos.

Several educational and cultural activities will take place in the streets of the town centre until Wednesday, when the town hall will raise the rainbow flag at the town hall building at 1pm. This will mark the official start of the daytime party in Plaza La Nogalera. Here locals and visitors will enjoy an array of activities, including the Proud Pet Competition, performances of the local LBGT chorus and shows by outrageous drag queens like Satin, Kelly and Darkyta.

The main concerts of the festival will be held in Plaza La Nogalera on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 June at 9pm. The lineup includes some of Spain's top artists, such as 90s pop sensation, Azúcar Moreno, and Eurovision winner Massiel.

The highlight of the event is the Gay Pride Parade, which takes place at 8pm on Saturday 2 June. This colourful event has the ambiance of carnival because of the ostentatious outfits of the participants, who wind their way from the town hall to the Plaza La Nogalera.

The final act of the festival is the massive beach party in Bajondillo, which starts at 4pm and continues until the early hours on Sunday 3 June.

For more information, visit www.torremolinos.es.