PRIDE HAUS

PHOTOS: Madrid Pride Mixed Politics And Pageantry

Madrid has one of the most eye-catching gay Pride celebrations in the world—it must be something in the agua.

On Satuday, June 28, thousands of men, women and everyone in-between gather in the gayborhood of Chueca (which actually translates to “not straight”) and marched to picturesque Parque del Retiro to celebrate being out, proud and caliente—and rally for same-sex marriage and continued legal equality.

Currently, Spain’s reigning Popular Party supports civil unions but not marriage.

More than 20 floats made their way downtown under the them of “Marriage equality. Equality without cutbacks.” And a number of dignitaries and politicians joined the parade, including Elena Valenciano, deputy secretary general of the opposition Socialist Party, and Rosa Diez , representative for the Union, Progress and Democracy Party.

But it wasn’t all serious: One reveler dressed as a drag-queen Darth Vader carried a sign that read “Luke, soy tu madre” or “Luke, I am your mother!”

May the fuerza be with you.

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Photos: Cazador de Imagenes