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Alex.andra

World Pride Parade - Planning

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Alex.andra

Hi,

I’m helping with organising of the WP 2017 in Madrid. Here you have Information and plans for the parade and some tips:

 

WHEN: Saturday 1st July 2017 17:30h.
We will meet at 16:00 at the “Atocha Station Tropical Garden”(*) and get to the parade together for convenience. You can join us at the march later if you prefer.
WHERE: Madrid city Centre, From Atocha to Colón via Paseo del Prado & Plaza Cibeles

Google Map marked with parade and tropical garden:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1D32laOe32_X2GvzHaYwaeRsBgkQ

 

Atocha Station Tropical Garden:
https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/jardin-tropical-estacion-de-atocha

It’s inside the stations and covered (to not wait under the sun) and close by the march. We will meet between a large “the body shop” shop (https://goo.gl/maps/1AF1et6kBVQ2) and a pond with turtles. It’s an easy place to see and find even if you’ve never been there…

 

Important safety tips:

Prepare for strong sun and heat (before and during the march). Bring:

Water

Sunscreen

Hat

Transpirable comfortable footwear is your best bet.

Optional: Sunglasses.

Optional: Umbrella/parasol or long pants/skirt and sleeves of a thin transpirable fabric (like linen or thin cotton).

Optional: Food (chocolate and the likes will melt). Expect to be in the march well past “standard EU dinner time”. Buy in advance and/or before you get too close to the Parade area (not many options there and it will be crowded).

 

-There are plenty of small supermarkets, convenience stores, take away... in the city centre and in in the area of “Paseo de las Delicias” street. But not where the Parade itself is. Planning ahead for food and drinks would be better than last minute.

 

-Subway access closest to the parade might be closed (it's a common security mesure during big events).


Communication:
We have created a Telegram group to use. Feel free to join and use it. :)
IF there was any issue or news needing to be shared at any point this is one way we would warn you about it.

Telegram is a free app to install on smartphones, tablets and computers.
You do not need to share your phone number to join groups or talk to anyone.
To join, follow this address once you have telegram installed:
https://t.me/joinchat/AAAAAA0U7dYYnwBCAD5cPQ

 

Other possibly useful info:

 

-“Museo del Jamón” -Ham museum- (http://museodeljamon.es/en/) are popular places where

to get a sandwich on the go. Do not expect vegetarian and vegan options.

-”Faborit” (http://www.faborit.com) has juices and salads.

 

-Keep in mind that so many people together might bring pickpockets, keep an eye on your belongings.

 

- If you have data on your cellphone, it’s always a good option to ask google maps how to go somewhere (as long as you know the name). Or ask where you are if lost.

 

- Since 15th June ‘17 for EU members traveling within EU, roaming should be at no extra cost. This includes UK (you are not out yet). Check with your provider if unsure! Details: http://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/consumers/telecoms-internet/mobile-roaming-costs/index_en.htm

 

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michaeld

Thanks so much for collecting all that info, Alex!!

 

I hope to see many of you at the march. :)

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Skycaptain

Many thanks for this information :cake::cake:

See everyone there 

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chandrakirti

Great place to meet before the parade, somewhere I'd like to explore anyway.Thanks!

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Alex.andra

Today we went to Atocha and took a look. It's really easy to see the turtle pond and the body shop. Just ensure you are in the correct building (see the link I posted, you can clearly see that it's an older building with rounded roof). If you arrive through cercanías (as we did, coming back from the Madrid Summit conference) it's no problem, you can easily go from one building to the other.

Some poeple have started to join the telegram group, welcome to all! :)

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Skycaptain

Chandrakirti and myself are here 

 

If anyone forgets water there's vending machines near the turtle pen selling 1.5L for €2

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Alex.andra

Thank you all for coming! It was great to see all that people waiting in the tropical garden!

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Skycaptain

Thanks everyone for organising this :cake::cake:

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chandrakirti

What a fabulous time in fantastic company! Everyone involved on the planning of the meets, march and conference should be given the AVEN medal.It was great seeing you all and helping promote visibility.

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