Gran Canaria is the gay capital of Europe and the Yumbo Centre and gay-friendly environment attract many people over from various countries. The main parades are centered around the Yumbo area of Playa del Ingles. Gay Pride 2008 is from 5th to 11th May – a whole week of partying!
You can expect to see floats and the most outrageous costumes ever. I went to the one last year and it was about 40ºC so don’t forget to take plenty of water because the crowds are huge and it can be hard to find a shady spot!
Most of the floats are owned by bars in the Yumbo Centre and on the Friday and Saturday night at the end of the Gay Pride week there is a live concert. You might see Hazel Dean, Samantha Fox or other singers. There are also prizes for the best Drag Queen and best costumes.
Most of the flights and hotels around the time of Gay Pride are full so if you want to watch this brilliant show, make sure you book well in advance!