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The mayor and the Minister of Tourism join the celebrations, in which the 'drag' Sharonne has also participated in Benidorm Fest float

Hundreds of people celebrate Benidorm Pride with a massive parade

09 September 2023
Cientos de personas festejan el Benidorm Pride con un multitudinario desfile

The new catenary of Levante lights up with the colors of the rainbow as the culmination of Pride Week in the city

Hundreds of people filled the streets of Benidorm this Saturday to witness or participate in the Parade, the central event of Benidorm Pride, celebrations organized by the LGBTIQ+ collective and which represent the culmination of the most important Pride weeks in Europe. Mayor Toni Pérez, together with the Minister of Tourism of the Generalitat Valenciana, Nuria Montes, joined the parade, which they followed from various points along the route along with other members of the municipal executive.

Rainbow flags, costumes, floats, trucks and many people walking showed the most diverse and welcoming face of Benidorm, a European benchmark for LGBTIQ+ tourism. Not in vain, the City Council, Visit Benidorm, and the organization estimated more than 20,000 people the number of visitors who had come to the city expressly to experience these days of celebration and protest, mostly from the United Kingdom, but also from other points of Spain and Europe, with stays that in many cases extend up to fifteen days.

The parade covered a section of Paseo de Levante and Avenida del Mediterráneo, Plaza de la Hispanidad, and Parque de l'Aigüera, until reaching the Julio Iglesias Amphitheater, where the party continued throughout the afternoon.

Among the participants, one of the most photographed floats was Benidorm Fest float, where Sharonne was, the famous 'drag queen' who participated in the last edition of the contest and who shared the spotlight with a replica of the microphone that was given to the winners of this contest. The mayor of Festivals and Events, Jesús Carrobles, explained that Benidorm Fest wanted to be present in this celebration to "accompany an audience traditionally enthusiastic about Eurovision and also with the Fest and that year after year participates massively in Benidorm Pride."

Likewise, the city has also illuminated the new section of Paseo de Levante catenary with rainbow colors, as a sign of recognition of a local group and a tourist market loyal to Benidorm for decades and which is part of the city's success. as the destination.

After a week of parties and various activities, Benidorm Pride comes to an end tomorrow, Sunday, with the Pride at the Palace party, which will take place in the emblematic Benidorm Palace party room.