Barcelona 2016 Gay Pride - Mediterranean Gay Pride 2016

Celebrating Gay Pride in Catalonia

Park Güell, Barcelona
••• One of Europe's undisputed cultural capitals, Barcelona is the site of a huge Gay Pride celebration in early July. photo by Andrew Collins

The capital of Spain's Catalonia region and the second-largest city in Spain, vibrant and stylish Barcelona is not only one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, over the past couple of decades, it's became one of the continent's top few gay destinations. In fact, in the Mediterranean region, Barcelona is the undisputed center of GLBT culture, with exciting neighborhoods rife with gay nightlife, fashionable shopping, hip boutique hotels, and exceptional restaurants, plus one of the world's most popular gay beaches, Barcelonetta, and just a 30-minute drive or train ride away, a charming gay beachside resort community, Sitges.

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Barcelona Gay Pride will be celebrated primarily over three days in early July, but includes a number of events scheduled for the week leading up to the big weekend. Though typically held two weeks earlier, the dates this year are June 28 to July 9, 2016. More than 100,000 people now attend this massive celebration that includes parties and a Pride Parade. Note that Barcelona Gay Pride will take place a week after the country's other huge GLBT celebration, Madrid Gay Pride.

Barcelona Pride events begin with Pride-related gatherings and cultural presentations held every night for about 10 days leading up to the big weekend, from fetish sex parties to theater-cabaret to photo exhibits to a Post Pride Underwear party to a full slate of Pride Barcelona Women's Events. Here's a full calendar of Barcelona Pride parties and gatherings, with details about what's on each day.

On Pride Weekend, festivities are centered in along Moll de la Fusta, overlooking the water near the edge of the Gothic Quarter and the seaside district of La Barceloneta (the Barceloneta metro stop is the nearest station, if you're coming by public transit). Here on Friday and Saturday, you'll find numerous organizations and clubs presenting information at the Barcelona Pride Village on the mall.

This is also where the main Pride Street Parties are held, including a Foam Dance Party on Friday night.

On Saturday, July 9, there's the Barcelona Gay Pride Parade, which starts off with a Pre-Pride Party at 4 pm at Plaza Espana, followed by the parade itself at 5 pm. The parade then moves from Plaza Espana along Av. Parallel and finishes at the location of the Pride Village at Moll de la Fusta.

Note that in the nearby LGBT vacation beach resort of Sitges, Pride by the Mediterranean Sea takes place a couple of weeks before Barcelona Pride.

Barcelona Gay Resources

Check online resources about the Barcelona gay scene, such as the Barcelona Gay Guide at Patroc.com, the GayBarcelona.com site and the site GayBarcelona4U. Also take a look at the excellent visitor site produced by the city's official tourism organization, Barcelona Turisme.