Men in stilettos take on the cobbles in Madrid WorldPride race

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MEN TAPED stiletto-heeled shoes to their feet and raced down a narrow-cobbled street in Madrid last Thursday as part of the city’s WorldPride festival, one of the world’s largest LGBT pride celebrations.

Competitors in the annual male-only event ran under rainbow bunting, cheered on by crowds clutching pink balloons who lined the street in Chueca, a gay neighbourhood in the capital.

Rules state that mens’ heels must be at least 10 centimetres (4 inches) high and the shoes are measured before the race.

Many men donned wigs and skirts for the event, while a few increased the challenge by running the 100 metres or so wearing platform boots.

The race is part of the WorldPride Madrid festival, which also features concerts and other events to celebrate diversity.

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