Follow the hot pink road to Benidorm

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THE NARROW streets and alleyways of Old Town Benidorm will be decked in a sea of fuschia, magenta, cherry, bubblegum and strawberry as the annual Pink Weekend hits town from Thursday May 25 to Saturday May 27.

Originally begun a few years ago as a way of bringing bars and cafes together on a united theme for a couple of days, Pink Weekend has grown to be a unique and popular fiesta on the Benidorm LGBT calendar, with visitors travelling from far and wide to join in the fun.

The successful team behind Benidorm Gay Pride, now in it’s seventh year and considered to be one of the best and well organised pride events in Europe, also run Pink Weekend, which they see as Pride’s bubbly, colourful, slightly camper younger brother.

Geoff Gartland, original founder of RTN newspaper and local entrepreneur has lived in, worked in and promoted Benidorm and it’s varied gay scene for many years.

He and co-organiser Sammy Kruz wanted an early Summer event to fill the long wait between the September Pride each year, so Pink Weekend became the opportunity they needed and this year is set to be bigger and better than ever.

The fun begins on Thursday May 25, in the dozens of gay and gay friendly venues throughout the Old Town, many of whom will be holding their own pink parties and events, through the weekend.

On Friday and Saturday evening, the action moves up to the spectacular setting of the Mirador Del Castillo, sitting high on a viewpoint at the top of the old town, with amazing vistas in every direction.

The weekend parties hosted by presenters Sammy Kruz and Roxie Corazon are packed with international DJ’s, singers and dancers all performing on stage underneath the stars, overlooking the sea.

On Friday the very best of Benidorm talent will be on stage, when a host of local singers, tribute acts, drag artists, Dj’s, dancers and maybe the odd surprise performer, will entertain from 19.00h until the early hours and entry is free.

Saturday night from 19.00h sees the venue turn into Pink Paradise Club Night, with top DJ’s, live acts and the one and only DRAG ATTACK, an extravaganza not to be missed, for an entry of €10 including drink.

Each night has a full bar service and party-goers are positively encouraged to dress in the pinkest, campest most outrageous way possible.

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