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In photos: Madrid celebrates Gay Pride
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In photos: Madrid celebrates Gay Pride

The 10-day long festivities have come to an end after a colorful parade took over the streets of the capital

  • This year marked the 40th anniversary of World Pride.
    1This year marked the 40th anniversary of World Pride.
  • The festivities began on Saturday with a march that rallied under the banner “Conquering equality, TRANSforming society.”
    2The festivities began on Saturday with a march that rallied under the banner “Conquering equality, TRANSforming society.” REUTERS
  • For the first time, two government ministers headed the march – Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska (l) and Health Minister Carmen Montón (r).
    3For the first time, two government ministers headed the march – Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska (l) and Health Minister Carmen Montón (r).
  • The march left from Atocha and traveled up the Paseo de Prado avenue up to the Plaza de Colón square.
    4The march left from Atocha and traveled up the Paseo de Prado avenue up to the Plaza de Colón square. GETTY
  • A woman at the march carries a sign reading, “I will not be free as long an LGBT+ person is not free although their chains may be very different to my own.”
    5A woman at the march carries a sign reading, “I will not be free as long an LGBT+ person is not free although their chains may be very different to my own.”
  • Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena (second left) and Health Minister Carmen Montón took part in the celebrations.
    6Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena (second left) and Health Minister Carmen Montón took part in the celebrations.
  • The parade began at 7.30pm, after the march.
    7The parade began at 7.30pm, after the march. ASP
  • Between one and two million people were estimated to attend the event.
    8Between one and two million people were estimated to attend the event.
  • The parade included 47 floats.
    9The parade included 47 floats.
  • Around 3,000 police officers were on hand to maintain security.
    10Around 3,000 police officers were on hand to maintain security. AFP
  • According to organizers, around one million people took part in the parade.
    11According to organizers, around one million people took part in the parade.
  • One of the colorfully-dressed members of the parade.
    12One of the colorfully-dressed members of the parade.
  • A winged member of the Gay Pride parade.
    13A winged member of the Gay Pride parade. AFP
  • The first parade took place 40 years ago on June 25, 1978 when “homosexual acts” were criminalized.
    14The first parade took place 40 years ago on June 25, 1978 when “homosexual acts” were criminalized.