|Main Video:||Silverlight Stream||Flash Video||Smartphones||Windows Media|
|Auto ¦ Med ¦ High||Low ¦ Med ¦ High||Low ¦ Med ¦ High||Low ¦ Med ¦ High|
Islands are a group of seven islands of volcanic origin in the Atlantic Ocean,
off the northwestern coast of Africa (Western Sahara) at about the same
Playa del Inglés (Beach of the English) is the largest tourist resort of the island. A mass of apartment blocks and hotels, bars, clubs and restaurants it truly caters for all ages and tastes and, despite the name, many nationalities.
Coming from the airport heading south, it seems
like a concrete jungle in the middle of a desert with the ocean at one side.
That is because this is exactly what it is. In Playa del Inglés you will
not find a typical Spanish centre of the town with trees and elderly people
sitting talking and playing cards. Most roads are curved and it's easy to get
lost. Apart from the hotels and the beach, life happens in the 11 shopping
centres that are renown for being quite touristy and don't look very attractive.
Playa del Inglés is also considered one of the gay holiday capitals of
The first Gay Pride parade in 1969, known as the
March on Stonewall, started as a protest against discrimination and violence
against gays in
Gay Pride is also a symbol of solidarity and an opportunity to express the
vivid personalities which reflect the diverse gay communities throughout the
world. During this time (and in many places year round), the skies are covered
with the Gay Pride flags and banners, the symbol of gay solidarity and freedom.
Established in September 2001, GLAY stands for the Gay & Lesbianas Asociados del
Yumbo. The organization is aiming at the support and care of the reputation of
the Yumbo Centre and Playa del Ingles as one of the best, non-seasonal,
homosexual holiday destinations in
As well as raising awareness, Gay Pride is also about raising money for charities that support and help people with HIV and AIDS, as well as support to family and friends. The local charity in Gran Canaria is called "Amigos contra el Sida" (friends to fight and control AIDS).
Held during the month of May, Gay Pride has become bigger and better as each year passes with various events being held during the week long festivities such as exhibitions, discussions and a film festival, Drag Queen competitions and a Gay Pride march, dance party and show including many star performers. Previous years have seen Boney M live on stage, as well as Sinitta, Viola Wills, Angie Brown, Jo Francis, Jason Prince and many, many others.
The evening of entertainment is closed with the biggest and most extravagant fire work show Gran Canaria has ever seen, and then everyone goes off to party around the Yumbo centre.