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Torremolinos celebrates with Pride

The rainbow flag, a symbol of diversity.
The rainbow flag, a symbol of diversity. / SUR
  • The popular festival, which reaches its peak this weekend, serves to defend the visibility and equality of the LGBT+ collective

The LGBT+ community of Torremolinos will be painting the town pink during the forthcoming Pride 2019 - an event that is fast becoming one of Andalucía's most popular gay festivals.

Organised by Torremolinos town hall and several local LGBT+ associations, the event will serve to celebrate and defend the rights of coexistence, diversity, visibility and equality of the LGBT+ collective. This will be the fourth consecutive year the town has hosted the festival, which presents a series of live music concerts, comedy drag shows, films, beach and pool parties, competitions, workshops and colourful street parades.

The festival, held from Saturday 25 May until Sunday 2 June, takes place in various venues and locations in the town, although the principal events will be held on the main stage in Plaza La Nogalera.

Víctor Gutiérrez

Víctor Gutiérrez / A. G.

The fun got on Sunday 26 May with an inaugural pool party at 10pm in the Sala Centuryon in Torremolinos.

Several educational and cultural activities took place in the streets of the town centre throughout the week until Thursday, when the rainbow flag was unfurled from the balcony of the town hall building. The opening speech was given by the Spanish Olympic waterpolo player, Víctor Gutiérrez, the first athlete of the sport to 'come out' and announce his sexual orientation.

Remembering Stonewall

This year's festival acknowledges the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a series of spontaneous demonstrations by the Greenwich Village gay community against the NYPD in 1969.

The uprising is widely considered to constitute the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement in America.

This year's line-up of performers includes Swedish singer Loreen, who triumphed at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest; and Belgium's 2006 Eurovision entry Kate Ryan. The programme includes performances by national artists like Loco Mía, OBK, Karina and DJ Sofía Cristo, along with shows by some of Torremolinos' most outrageous drag queens.

One of the highlights of the event is the Gay Pride Parade, which takes place on Saturday 1 June from 5pm. This colourful cavalcade of outrageously-decorated floats winds its way from the town hall to the Plaza La Nogalera. The final act of the festival is an all-day beach party that takes place on Bajondillo beach on Sunday 2 June.

More information is available online (www.torremolinos.es).