Atocha as a barrio is most famous for being home to the Atocha train station. It is the second smallest barrio by population at around 1800 residents, with only Atalaya in Ciudad Lineal having a smaller population.


Socialist government of José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (2004 – 2011)

The route for Pride 2008 started on Plaza de la Independencia, continue along Calle de Alcalá, crossing Plaza de Cibeles, continuing along Gran Vía and ending in Plaza de España. Ahead of the parade, traffic was cut at 5:00 PM at Calle de Alcalá, starting at Plaza de la Independencia and Cibeles.  Fifteen minutes later, traffic was cut at Paseo de la Castellana, Paseo de Recoletos, Glorieta de Atocha, paseo del Prado, Calle Serrano at Goya and calle Alfonso XII. At 5:30 PM, traffic was cut at Gran Vía, Calle Princesa and Plaza de España.

Conservative government of Mariano Rajoy (2011 – 2018)

            The 2013 Pride route started at Paseo de la Infanta Isabel in front of the Atocha train station, continued along Paseo del Prado towards Plaza de Neptuno and Plaza de Cibeles before ending up at Plaza de la Independencia and Puerta de Alcalá. 

            As a result of the local government rejecting the original planned Pride march route in 2014, the 2013 route was repeated, starting at Atocha and ending at Plaza de Colón.

            The 2015 Pride march took place on 4 July, with it being the second consecutive year where the route was scheduled to end in Plaza de Colon, with a 6:00 PM start time at Glorieta de Carlos V in front of the Atocha train station. This route allowed for the march to be wider and accommodate more people.

            The route for Pride in 2016 was along Paseo del Prado and included thirty floats. Many of the media depictions of the parade featured sexualized depictions of men and transwomen, while most depictions of women at Pride were without the sexualized imagery.[1]

            The 2017 Pride march repeated the previous route, starting around Atocha and ending at Plaza de Colon.  It was once against dominated by highly visible men, the popularity of floats featuring muscular men, and women generally relegated to marchers in the front section.

            Villaverde again hosted its own Price events in 2017, this time with activities organized by the Junta de Distrio de Villaverde. The rainbow flag was raised that year at the Junta de Distrito de Villaverde with a march taking place on 1 July 2017, starting at Metro San Cristóbal de los Ángeles, continued to Metro Villaverde Bajo-Cruce, went to Metro San Fermín-Orcasur and ended at Atocha.

Socialist government of Pedro Sánchez (2018 – 2023)

            The 2018 Pride March followed the same route as previous years, starting at the Glorieta de Carlos V and ending at Plaza de Colón.

            The 2019 Pride march, combined with its weeklong festivities with 1.6 million people attending, took place on 6 July along the now recurring 2.2-kilometer-long route starting near Atocha and ending at Plaza de Colón.

            Pride in 2020 was originally scheduled to run from 26 June to 5 July and include the traditional Mr. Gay Pride Spain competition and the high heels race. The march route was scheduled to depart from Atocha and end in Plaza de Colón. It was officially cancelled on 24 March 2020 because of COVID. [2]

            The Pride march for 2022 took place on 7 July and followed a route that started from Glorieta de Carlos V, went down Paseo del Prado, past Fuente de Neptuno, down Paseo de Recoletos and ended at Plaza de Colón. There were five hundred police assigned to monitor the march and 180 members of Samur to support any health issues that occurred. An estimated two million participated in the march and related events, along with more than fifty floats.

[1] (Enguix Grau, “Nos defilamos, nos manifestamos”: Activismis y manifestaciones LGTB en España, 2017)

[2] (Jana, 2020; Dosmanzanas, 2021)


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