Madrid Pride

  • nicelyproport...

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    Jun 21, 2011 6:40 PM GMT
    Anyone going? Need info about:

    -- restaurants
    -- clubs/parties
    -- gyms
    -- running routes
    -- other fun things to do

    Thanks!

  • Jun 25, 2011 9:30 PM GMT
    Oooh Madrid Pride will be interesting this year with everyone having to wear headphones icon_smile.gif

    Gris is a bit ghetto (cutre!), but has cheap drinks...then Liquid is free. Delerio Live and Long Play are two of the better discos...Retiro is a great park for running. Restaurants...just try different places and see what you like and what's in your budget.

    I'll be in Madrid Friday but not for Pride. Wayyyyy too many people. Pride in Valencia today is kicking a$$ though!
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    Jun 25, 2011 9:55 PM GMT
    senorbrightside saidOooh Madrid Pride will be interesting this year with everyone having to wear headphones icon_smile.gif

    Gris is a bit ghetto (cutre!), but has cheap drinks...then Liquid is free. Delerio Live and Long Play are two of the better discos...Retiro is a great park for running. Restaurants...just try different places and see what you like and what's in your budget.

    I'll be in Madrid Friday but not for Pride. Wayyyyy too many people. Pride in Valencia today is kicking a$$ though!


    Why does everyone have to wear headphones?

    EDIT: nvm I googled it and I think that's so ridiculous!!
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    Jun 26, 2011 12:18 AM GMT
    Bakalas!

  • Jun 26, 2011 10:09 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidReally? Headphones? What about all the processions and events that occur in Spain on a nearly weekly basis? Plus, Spaniards are simply noisy people. I have a right to comment, I have been to Spain three times. They like to party. icon_smile.gif


    Jajaja...they are pretty noisy. I'm pretty much like...Chueca has been Chuca for nearly 30 years if not longer...you know what you were getting into when you moved there so don't complain! Last night at Valencia pride we had fun without any headphones or complaints icon_smile.gif (Although the Lady Gaga impersonator was horrible. icon_razz.gif) And we had Formula 1 and a religious procession going on too! So take that Madrid!

    It'll be interesting to see how it all pans out. (I know I'll end up at Pride despite having to catch an early bus to Cádiz the next morning for work lol).
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    Jun 26, 2011 10:52 PM GMT
    Headphones and silent concerts? Must say its really ingenious... but why cant we just stop making concerts so ear-piercingly loud?? We already have enough hearing damage in the world
  • nicelyproport...

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    Jun 28, 2011 2:55 AM GMT
    senorbrightside saidOooh Madrid Pride will be interesting this year with everyone having to wear headphones icon_smile.gif

    Gris is a bit ghetto (cutre!), but has cheap drinks...then Liquid is free. Delerio Live and Long Play are two of the better discos...Retiro is a great park for running. Restaurants...just try different places and see what you like and what's in your budget.

    I'll be in Madrid Friday but not for Pride. Wayyyyy too many people. Pride in Valencia today is kicking a$$ though!


    Thanks for the tips!

    How big is Retiro? I like to run at least 5 miles.

    My room should have a balcony overlooking Gran Via so that I can watch the parade without having to fight the crowds.

    But I'm looking forward to rubbing up against the shirtless masses when I go clubbing.
  • groundcombat

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    Jun 28, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    I went last year at it was really fun.

    But it was really loud.
  • UTB1

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    Jun 28, 2011 3:16 AM GMT
    Was in Madrid last year - not for Pride, but Retiro Park is huge, you will have no trouble getting in 5 miles. The whole Chechua area has lots of restaurants to pick from...have a great time.

  • Jun 28, 2011 8:06 PM GMT
    Retiro is HUUUUUUUUUGE. Think bigger than Central Park. And there's always Casa de Campo too.
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    Jun 28, 2011 8:20 PM GMT
    senorbrightside saidRetiro is HUUUUUUUUUGE. Think bigger than Central Park. And there's always Casa de Campo too.


    Great! Is it ok to run shirtless in Madrid? It's going to be ridiculously hot.

    Also: Is it easy to get from the airport to Gran Via using public transportation?

  • Jul 01, 2011 1:00 PM GMT
    Yes I think it's okay to run shirtless. If you see the españoles doing it, you know it's safe.

    There is a bus that runs from Plaza Cibeles to the airport 24 hours a day...it leaves from Atocha during the day but stops at Cibeles I believe. It's where Gran Via begins (NOT PLAZA DE ESPAÑA BUT THE OTHER END!)

    The metro...from Gran Via metro you can take Linea 1 to Tribunal (one stop I believe), change to Linea 10 at Tribunal, take it to Nuevos Ministerios and then change to Linea 8 which takes you to the airport. You'll have to pay a 1€ supplement.

    Not sure I'll check again before I leave for work tomorrow, but let me know if you have any other Madrid questions. Will try to help. I just got here an hour ago and love how it's vomiting up rainbows everywhere icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 01, 2011 1:45 PM GMT
    It was the mayor of Madrid, a member of the more conservative Partido Popular, trying to put a damper on the gay Pride festival by ruling that the concert was too loud for the older residents in the neighbourhood and therefore the resulting head phones. It just so happened that one of the news stations in Madrid started interviewing the older residents who live in a retirement home near to the venue. As it turns out, none of the residents complained to the mayor about the noise and instead insisted that they loved the party and enjoyed going down on the street to see the festivities. Now the major has egg on his face. So much for politics.icon_rolleyes.gif