Exuberance in Sitges during Pride 2023

by Lorraine Williamson
Sitges Pride

SITGES – Sitges Pride is famed for its unrivalled atmosphere. The event is known as one of the largest and most popular Pride events in Europe. 

With exuberant parades, street parties, and vibrant nightlife, there’s no better place to experience the diversity and inclusivity that defines the LGBTQ+ community. So, step into a world of colour, cheerfulness, and acceptance that offers much more than just a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. 

More than just parties 

This year’s Pride takes place from the 14th to the 18th of June. However, these days in this Catalan coastal town are about more than just parties. The Pride provides a platform for discussion, education, and understanding. For instance, the Pride Village has been established. This is a special area dedicated to LGBTQ+ organisations and businesses. Here, visitors can find information, ask questions, and engage in conversations on important topics. Additionally, movies are screened, art exhibitions are held, and discussion panels are organised. 

Entertainment program 

And then there’s the fantastic entertainment program! From live music to drag shows and DJ sets, there’s something for everyone. And of course, the not-to-be-missed parade, the highlight of Pride – a colourful and cheerful spectacle. The parade is characterised by a range of floats from various companies, organisations, and LGBTQ+ groups. Participants are often extravagantly dressed in colourful, creative costumes, and there is plenty of dancing to music from live DJs or bands. 

History of Sitges Pride 

The history of Sitges Pride dates back to 2010 when the event was first organised. Since then, it has grown to become one of the largest and most celebrated LGBT events in all of Spain. What started with a modest party and only a few hundred visitors, quickly grew into a large-scale event that now attracts thousands of people. Each year, the event becomes bigger, better, and more flamboyant. 

What makes Sitges Pride different? 

The difference is in the details. Unlike the more commercial events in larger cities, Sitges Pride has a striking sense of community. The local population is incredibly involved, and the whole town comes together to celebrate the parade. “Sitges Pride is not just a parade, it’s a celebration of diversity, love, and acceptance. It’s a place where everyone can be themselves, regardless of their sexual orientation.” 

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About Sitges 

Sitges is a charming coastal town located on the Mediterranean Sea, about 35 kilometres southwest of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. It is known for its beautiful beaches, historical sites, vibrant nightlife, and a strong commitment to art and culture. 

One of the most famous sights in Sitges is the ‘Iglesia de Sant Bartomeu I Santa Tecla’, an impressive church with a picturesque view overlooking the sea. The old town is picturesque with its narrow, winding streets and whitewashed houses. 

Sitges also has a strong connection with modernism, an artistic and cultural movement that strongly influenced Catalonia in the early 20th century. The town houses the Cau Ferrat Museum, once the home of the artist Santiago Rusiñol. Here you can admire works by artists such as El Greco, Picasso, and Rusiñol himself. 

In addition to Pride, the town is internationally renowned for its Film Festival and Carnival. The Sitges Film Festival, held in October, is one of the most prominent film festivals in Europe for horror and fantasy films. Carnival in Sitges, celebrated in February, is one of the biggest in Spain, known for its colourful parades and exuberant costumes. 

Also read: Fiestas, Ferias and Celebrations in Spain during 2023 

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