World Price Madrid 2017 is around the corner and Madrid will host a parade celebrated all throughout the world. I can remember from my childhood days when, still under the Franco dictatorship, gays were persecuted and jailed. Their mere existence was a clandestine affair, hidden from public view and always living in a climate of fear and shame. Not anymore. We’ve come a long way, fortunately. Nowadays, gay friends introduce their husbands to me in a spirit of absolute normalcy. No big deal. Of course Spanish “machismo” is still latent but rarely does it turn into an overt manifestation of “gay-bashing” attitudes. From June 23 to July 2, Madrid will be the gay capital of the world and it will also commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first LGBT demonstrations in Spain. They took place in 1977, the same year democracy arrived in our country. You will be able to partake in all the activities which are scheduled to celebrate the event. It’s quite a cultural display of good vibes and joie-de-vivre. Concerts, performing arts, literary and sporting events, a human rights conference, children activities…there will be something for everyone. A good time guaranteed for all. It’s also a good thing for the Madrid economy. Visitors will flock from all over the world. If you’ve never visited the Chueca district in downtown Madrid, here’s your opportunity to discover its all embracing and classy atmosphere. In case you’re contemplating assisting to the event, do not hesitate to get in touch with Madrid Museum Tours and experience our Secrets of Madrid private Tour so that you can also get a glimpse of Madrid’s Rich and authentic cultural offer. We assure you that there are quite a number of sights to behold. Madrid Museum Tours is a gay friendly small entity in a big gay friendly city. Sign of the times: fun and love in the midst of cultural exaltation.