Conchita Wurst opens Madrid Gay Pride

Conchita Wurst opens Madrid Gay Pride
Photo: Pierre Philippe Marcou/AFP
Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst was the star attraction at the official opening of Madrid’s annual Gay Pride (MADO) festivities on Wednesday night.

Together with Ruth Lorenzo, Spain’s entrant in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Wurst whipped the thousands who had crammed into Madrid’s downtown Chueca plaza into a frenzy, defying the City Hall limit of 45 decibels set for the venue.

There was criticism among revelers for Madrid Mayor Ana Botella of the conservative Popular Party after City Hall’s decision to hold virtually no other events in Chueca square, the epicenter of the Spanish capital’s iconic gay neighbourhood.

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According to MADO 2014 organizers, Madrid Gay Pride is set to bring in more than €110 million ($150 million) in extra business to the Spanish capital.

Some two million people are also expected to take part, many of whom will throng the streets for Saturday’s parade vindicating the rights of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community worldwide.

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