LGBTQUEER float featured in Madrid’s traditional Epiphany parade

LGBTQUEER float featured in Madrid’s traditional Epiphany parade

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The float “for the normalization” of LGBTQUEER rights, as it was presented, was put together by several associations, including Orgullo Vallekano, a Gay Pride collective in Madrid’s Vallecas neighborhood.

In keeping with recent years, the traditional Wise Men parade in Madrid, Spain, which took place on Friday, eve of the Epiphany, was surrounded by controversies, this time because the public celebration of the Christian feast had an “inclusion” float, featuring a drag queen, a stripper, and a female hip-hop artist.

The trio starred on one of 17 floats at the event in the Puente de Vallecas district in southern Madrid.

Information regarding the original plan varies. Some reports indicate they were supposed to participate in costume, while a tweet from one of the organizers says it was agreed in November that they would participate as animals, representing Noah’s ark.

The float “for the normalization” of LGBTQUEER rights, as it was presented, was put together by several associations, including Orgullo Vallekano, a Gay Pride collective in Madrid’s Vallecas neighborhood. Ahead of the parade, a representative told local daily El Mundo that they had originally suggested to the city council that there should be a parallel parade, but the administration invited them to join the main one.

This is what the float looked like, according to an image Orgullo Vallekano posted on Twitter, saying: “With rain, Christmas carols, a lot of love and a lot of desire to contribute our grain of sand in this magnificent Wise Men parade.” The hashtags translate to “it wasn’t so bad” and “animalize yourself for diversity.”

The annual Three Kings parades, held the night before Epiphany on Jan. 5, are a much loved feature of Spanish Christmas celebrations, more popular with children than Santa Claus.

Spanish children write letters to the Three Kings, or Three Wise Men, who then bring the children gifts the night before, or on the morning of the Epiphany, January 6th, “leaving” them on- or around- a pair of shoes left out of the wardrobe for the occasion.

Cardinal Carlos Osoro Sierra, head of the archdiocese, didn’t address the situation directly, but went to Twitter on Friday to send out a reminder: “Dear parents, explain to your children that the Wise Men from the East come to adore Jesus, filled with his joy and love, and give us these gifts.”

He closed his message with a hashtag, #FelicesReyes, the equivalent to #HappyEpiphany, and which was trending at the time.

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6 comments on “LGBTQUEER float featured in Madrid’s traditional Epiphany parade

  1. As I noted on another thread on AQ, Crux has blocked me to the point of not being able to read its content. (I think that Crux didn’t like what I was copying from its website and the manner in which I posted it on AQ – i.e., my comments with such.) Nonetheless, “there’s more than one way to skin a cat”; in this case, getting around Crux’s block to read its content and post whatever might be of interest on AQ (hint: via the cache).

    • Go Tom!
      I think the liberals at Crux really won’t mind such tactics.
      No — what am I saying? — they’ll strongly approve of them.
      I mean, liberals are the ones who believe in freedom of speech, right?

  2. Your “Jack Ryan Award for Outstanding Subversion of REAL Subversives” is in the mail, Tom!
    :-)



  3. Chuck Barris: Heh! That parade’s turning Tiny Tim all green. Green! Get it? Just wait ’till March 17th to see the queer follies at the next New York St. Paddie’s Pride Parade! We’ll be right back on the Gong Show after this message from Fr. Jim Martin! Ha ha hahaha!

  4. For years I marked the official end of Western Civ as the day the Howdy Doody show first aired.
    /
    Looking at Chuck, in that pic, I admit I might have been off by a couple of decades.

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