Thousands of people joined the Maspalomas Gay Pride parade this week, which travelled along Avenida de Tirajana of this important tourist centre in the south of Gran Canaria, and were supported by many tourists who filled the pavements to watch and take photos. This annual Gay Pride Parade is one of the most anticipated by LGBTI groups in the Canary Islands, Spain, Europe and beyond these borders, as the parade event is intended to celebrate equality for all, defend tolerance in all societies across the world and to demand visibility.
This year, 25 floats formed the Gay Pride parade, and was broadcast live by local television. Organisers of Maspalomas Gay Pride report that this 17thPride event that began last week saw over 200,000 people drawn to the central point of Gay Pride, which is the Yumbo Shopping Centre.
This year it has been estimated that the number of visitors has grown by 5% since 2017, with many tourists arriving last week from Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona, as well as many other international tourists from across Europe who now have direct flights for faster access to one of the biggest and most important Gay Pride events in Europe.
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