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Gay Pride Maspalomas rocks Gran Canaria

The Vengaboys were among those to entertain thousands at the Yumbo Centre over the last couple of weeks

Gay Pride Maspalomas rocks Gran Canaria
Boys just wanna have fun... at Maspalomas Pride (Photo: @absolut_steven | Instagram)

Maspalomas Pride has just come to a close. The ten-day festival ran from 3-13 May. It was centered in and around the Yumbo Centre, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria.

Spain’s Gran Canaria actually lies off the coast of North Africa. Offering sunshine around the year, it’s a hugely popular tourist island with people from across Europe, but particularly gay men. They are drawn to the area of Playa Del Ingles, Maspalomas, with its miles of sandy beaches and sand dunes.

Drag sister at Gay Pride Maspalomas

Drag sister at Gay Pride Maspalomas (Photo: @shanita_drag | Instagram)

There are also dozens of gay bars and clubs in the aforementioned Yumbo, which allows you to party until dawn.

‘One of the best experiences of my life’

This year’s Maspalomas Pride was the 17th such celebration. It featured nightly parties and guest performers on a big stage at the Yumbo. Star turns came from the 90s chart toppers the Venga Boys, among others. There was also a Gay Boat Cruise and a Pride parade on Saturday.

DJ Carlos Salinas plays the Yumbo

DJ Carlos Salinas plays the Yumbo (Photo: @carlossalinasdj | Instagram)

One of those taking part was Spanish DJ Carlos Salinas.

‘Playing music at Maspalomas Pride has been one of the best experiences of my life,’ he told GSN. This is the second year that I’ve been in the line-up, and it’s been amazing to see so many thousands of people enjoying love, friendship and music.’

ChiChi Monroe (right)

ChiChi Monroe (right) at Ricky’s Bar (Photo: @chichi.monroe | Instagram)

Another of those to praise the festival is drag queen ChiChi Monroe of Ricky’s Cabaret Bar.

‘Pride is always an important event to all at Ricky’s where we try and celebrate pride and make a memorable holiday for all our customers as well as appreciate and respect the true meaning of gay pride.’

Fun in the sun – Gran Canaria style

Fun in the sun – Gran Canaria style (Photo: @lee_radley | Instagram)

The bar had played host to numerous guest acts from the UK throughout the festival, including the likes of Tanya Hyde, Mrs Moore, Crystal Decanter, Miss Jason, Dave Lynn and Sandra London.

Amazing drag at Gay Pride Maspalomas

Amazing drag at Maspalomas Pride (Photo: Fran Gonzalez | @frangf81 | Instagram)

In addition to the main Pride festival in May, a slightly smaller Winter Pride festival takes place in November. The 5th Maspalomas Winter Pride week returns to the Yumbo from 5-11 November 2018.

Check out more images below.

Casual wear at Gay Pride Maspalomas

Casual wear at Maspalomas Pride (@frangf81 | Instagram)

The Vengboys perform the headline show

The Vengboys perform the headline show (Photo: @mcullen04 | Instagram)

Celebrity hairdress Lee Radley

Celebrity hairdresser Lee Radley (far right) and friends (@lee_radley | Instagram)

Rainbow decorations at the Yumbo

Rainbow decorations at the Yumbo (@ben.crt1 | Instagram)

See also

When is Pride? Check out our international Pride calendar 2018

 


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