Few days bring me as much joy as BA’s annual Pride March. Balmy temperatures, unapologetic celebrations of queer diversity in every form, and *way* too much glitter – what’s not to love? If you haven’t been fortunate enough to take part in the past, you’re in luck! This Saturday, November 2nd the 28th edition of the Marcha de Orgullo is taking place right here in Buenos Aires.
Of course it’s not all frivolous fun and games (and jorts). What sets Pride in Buenos Aires apart from other global cities is a strong political aspect that provides a larger platform for a variety of key issues. This year, the primary claims are “for a country without institutional or religious violence. No more hate crimes.” There are also dozens of sub-claims, ranging from the separation of church and state to shedding light on murders of trans folk to legal abortion to demanding rights for sex workers – and more. Yes, it’s a lot, and no, you might not agree with everything on the full list. Remember, we can still support one another while celebrating and understanding our differences.
The first march in Buenos Aires happened on July 2, 1992, led by activist and pioneer Carlos Jáuregui. Only 300 people were in attendance, their faces covered with masks to hide their real identities. Fast forward almost 30 years and Buenos Aires is now perhaps *the* queer travel destination of choice across the region – sorry about it, Rio – and its annual Pride celebrations draw more than 100,000 people. If you’re wondering why the parade here happens in November rather than in June (which would coincide with World Pride Day), it’s because Nuestro Mundo, Argentina’s first gay association, was founded during that month back in 1967.
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So, what do you need to know about participating in Buenos Aires Pride 2019? From logistics to the march itself and even the wild afterparties, we’ve got you covered. Read on and remember – if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you going to love someone else?
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2 de noviembre de 2019 XXVIII Marcha del #Orgullo de #BuenosAires #lesbiana #gay #bi #trans #travesti #intersex #pansexual #asexual #grisexual #demisexual #nobinario #fluido #LGBT #LGBTI 11h Feria del Orgullo y bandas en Plaza de Mayo 16h Marcha de Plaza de Mayo a Plaza Congreso 18h Cierre musical y discurso general en Congreso Autora del afiche: @LuliZazzali
When: Saturday, November 2nd, from 11 AM
Where: Things kick off in Plaza de Mayo, the march gets going around 4 PM (ish) and moves up Av. de Mayo toward Congress
What: Pride is a veritable hodgepodge of goings-on; there are local artisans selling queer treats (everything from food to pins to stickers and more), bands and drum circles setting the musical mood and getting everyone into rhythm, activists with banners and signs, floats organized and decorated by different social groups, party people throwing foam and glitter everywhere… you get the idea. After several hours of hanging around Plaza de Mayo, everyone moves up Av. de Mayo toward Congress, where the official speeches and a big concert take place around 6 PM. After sundown, the party resumes and lots of people stay in the area or move on to other fiestas.
The After Parties
Alright, we get it. You marched, you banged your drum, you stood up for your LGBTQ+ brethren… now what? Parties are an essential part of any Pride experience, which makes sense because nothing screams “we’re here, we’re queer, get used to it” like a gay ass fiesta that goes until sunrise.
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Every year there are a few classic can’t-fail parties that are sure to be a great time. If you’re going to hit up one afterparty, Loca, held at Club Dorado right downtown, is it. Hosted to support all of the work that goes into the infamous “Carroza Loca” at the march itself, this party is basically a fabulous fundraiser for the entire Loca community. Expect loads of dj’s, beautiful people of all shapes and sizes, and pride in is purest form. Tickets are only sold in advance and tend to go fast, so plan ahead.
Fiesta Loca | Club Dorado – Hipólito Yrigoyen 951 | Midnight | AR $300 | More info & tickets
House music and freaks since 2005 – need we say more? If you want to hit the pista de baile hard and basically never stop (please have some water though, ok?), Namunkurá is the party for you. Hosted by the iconic Ihona Tempura, Uan Pryor and Dr. Trincado will perform back-to-back dj sets, and other artists like Towahot and Ainou will be joining in on the fun. Everyone is welcome here, making it the perfect place to let your hair down and tap into your inner wild child. Cocoliche is known for its LED-studded ceiling and killer sound system, so show up early or plan to wait in line to get in.
Namunkurá | Cocoliche – Av. Rivadavia 878 | Midnight | AR $200 – Free entry before 1 AM | More info & tickets
La Britney – Pride 4U
All hail Britney Jean. If you’re still jazzed up from Sunday’s presidential elections, but also wondering where the boleta for the Frente Britnificante was in the cuarto oscuro, fret not! Yes, your latest favorite political meme is *actually* a real thing – and participating in this Britney-themed party after Pride on Saturday night. God, I love this country. Really, it’s just the gift that keeps on giving. Celebrate both your love for gay pride AND 90s pop icons at Uniclub, where the event will be celebrating its third anniversary. This is sure to be a bubble gum night where the lip sync battles are sure to slay. Entrance starts at AR $200 if you bring non-perishable food items or hygiene products.
Maricafé is the perfect little neighborhood spot that truly has something for everyone, from RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing parties to tarot card reading nights to epic weekend brunches where its iconic rainbow cake floods diner’s Instagram Stories. And lucky for us, Pride weekend will be no different. They’re planning three days of fun and fabulosity, starting on Friday with “Tapadas” – featuring a dj set by our cordobés favorito Matzorama and a screening of the latest UK Drag Race episode. On Saturday evening, the post-Pride afterparty will include queer tarot (honestly, my fave kind), prizes, snacks, dj’s, and happy hour specials until 2 AM. In addition to all of this, Maricafé’s classic weekend brunch will be available on both Saturday and Sunday, solving your problems of where you’ll be able to nurse your rainbow-colored hangover after all the revelry is done. Check their Instagram for all the details.
Maricafé | Honduras 4096 | Friday 6 PM – 2 AM, Saturday After Party from 9 PM, Saturday & Sunday Brunch 10 AM – 6 PM | Instagram
Rheo x Hollywood
While it seems that only the buff, tanned, and young are allowed at Rheo, we assure you that’s not the case. Well, maybe a little bit, but hey, at least the eye candy is top-notch, amirite? This weekend, the party boys have a 2×1 fiesta planned for you: post-Pride *and* Halloween! Because some of you are going to be in drag anyway, you might as well tack on another holiday celebration for added flair. So pump up the jams, wear your shortest short shorts, and pull up those gym socks, it’s going to be a wild ride.
Rheo | Av. Coronel Marcelino E. Freyre (next to Crobar) | Midnight | From AR $500 | Buy tickets
If you ever suffer from extreme FOMO or from the fear that you’re never the first one to know about anything ~*cool*~ you can stop your bitching. Hot off the presses comes La Puto, the newest and gayest party to hit the scene, and where you will definitely want to find yourself after Pride on Saturday night. Cultural hub Matienzo will turn into a veritable #Maricoteca with loads of pop hits, dance bops, and shows by your favorite local drag queens. Oh, don’t forget the glitter, open runway for you to indulge in your fantasy realness, and prizes, too. Our living icon and all-around dream woman Dixie Valentine will be hosting, so go if only to see her – AND the best porteña versions of BritBrit, Madge, and Gaga to cap it all off. Siempre orgullo, nunca inorgullo.
La Puto | CC Matienzo – Pringles 1249 | Midnight | Free | Instagram