Was the first Ibiza Gaypride a succes?.
Was the first Ibiza Gaypride a succes? Yes and no.
First of all, it wasn’t the “FIRST” Gaypride on Ibiza. I remember a great parade in 2005. Maybe only five wagons, but we had fun! And the wagon from La Troya was really super that year.
When we saw the first posters in Madrid already January this year, Johan and I were really happy that they were going to organize an Ibiza Gaypride again. We live on the island, Ibiza is a gay holiday destination and we are proud to be gay. Like in Madrid, on Ibiza we can easily walk hand in hand. And what a great campaign line: “El color vuelve a casa” (the color comes home).
But was the timing right? The month July with the school holidays just started. So a lot of families with children. Already a lot of Gayprides were held. The weekend before was the Madrid Gaypride and the CSD Cologne. And still a lot of Gayprides coming. In August the Gaypride Amsterdam.
When we saw the flyers of the Ibiza Gaypride for the first time on Ibiza, they were promoted the same time with the Ibiza Circuit Festival (19 to 23 August) organized by the Matinee Group. What a competition! Matinee is very popular on the island. Not having them in the agenda of the Ibiza Gaypride would be hard!
So what kind of gay tourists was the organization aiming for? The clubbing boys who like Matinee and WE-party, both extremely well in their PR with sexy gogo boys on the streets? The more bar types, who sit on the terraces until 2 or 3AM and go to bed early because they want their reserved sunbeds at Chiringay around 11 in the morning? Or the more leather scene who go to fetish parties with darkrooms? When I saw the agenda it looked that the organization chose more for the last group of gays, with titles like “Top Gun”, “Animal Park”, “Into the Tank” and darkrooms at Bora Bora (??) and Anfora already open early in the night as one big darkroom. But isn’t the temperature on Ibiza too hot for leather men?
Wouldn’t September be a great month for an Ibiza Gaypride? Gay men who come to Ibiza on holiday for years most of the time come twice: in May and in September. No families with children, not too crowded, not too hot.
And with the Ajuntement d’Eivissa, Consell d’Eivisssa, The Port of Ibiza and Ibiza LGTB involved (probably sponsoring) what would be the prices they were going to ask for entrances and drinks? On the Ibiza Gaypride flyer I read directly the phrase: “All access silver bracelets available for 200 euros.” So free entrance for 8 parties for 200 euros? But who can go to all parties? And with the extreme drink prices in the clubs (between 8 and 13 euros for beers and sodas) this five days pride would still cost you 1.000 euros or more!
And isn’t Ibiza the location where all gays who like clubbing know their way to the bracelets with free entrance or Guestlist? I know a lot of local gay men who don’t go to clubs where they have to pay the 40 euros entrance fee. So what is Matinee going to do on the Saturday night when the organization decided to do the main party in Privilege the same night? Obviously Matinee was smart and they sent their gogo dancers and PR-boys through the gay area of Calle de la Virgin giving away a lot of fee bracelets. Results: a Privilege with 400 people inside and a packed Amnesia.
On Friday I had to pay 50 euros entrance at the door of Animal Park. “But I am a resident” I said, waving with a copy of my NIE-number (totally not the right paper) and they said I could pay 20 euros. That is a big difference! The location Benimussa Park was really great, but so large! Why didn’t the organization make the area smaller, to get the whole crowd at one stage? At one of the bars I ordered a beer. A small plastic glass for three euros. Well that is finally a nice price! But my second beer was suddenly 6 euros. “Why?” I asked the bartender. “Because we increased the prices after 7 PM”. Double the prices?
With an empty “Opening Party” at 7PM on Wednesday night I was really worried how much people would come to the Parade on Saturday. I must say, the location in the harbor was great and I liked it how street artists were going through the city to get you to the stage. But it did not really help. We also left home around 9PM.
So a big surprise how crowded it was on Saturday. The wagons were so nice!
A lot of the Calle de la Virgin bars were involved. This street was also very nice decorated during Gaypride.
The wagon of Sunrise had live drummers and lots of confetti. Peter Oscarsson told me later they used 160 KG of confetti that day.
The La Troya gogo dancers looked fantastic again, carrying a big rainbow flag.
Behind the last wagon a big crowd was following, dancing on the street.
But as soon as they passed the stage, they had to turn down their music, so the dancing, happy crowd suddenly had to listen to somebody talking in Spanish on the stage, thanking all people involved. And gone was the great atmosphere! People from La Troya went on stage and were asking if they could let go balloons in the rainbow colors. We had to watch a strange discussion if it was allowed yes or no.
We moved to Calle de la Virgin right away. But when I see the Ibiza Gay Pride video on Youtube, I must say, we also missed some nice DJ’s and singers:
Maybe I am too critrical? Yes … I think so.
I talked with somebody from the organization. Two years of negotiations before they finally convinced the Ajuntement d’Eivissa (Ibiza Town Hall) that they could organize the pride. In the beginning one man was doing all the work, last winter just two men. This Summer there were 7 people working at the organization night and day to get this pride starting.
The first stones are laid of this nice and necessary building. Ibiza needs a pride!
So please go ahead next year. We will support!