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Conchita Wurst conquers Madrid at opening of Gay Pride (Video)

By Anne Sewell     Jul 3, 2014 in World
Madrid - Thousands of people in Madrid's downtown Chueca plaza went wild Wednesday evening, as Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst opened the annual Gay Pride (MADO) festivities.
Wurst opened the ceremony together with Spain's Eurovision entrant, Ruth Lorenzo, and the crowd went wild. According to The Local they made so much noise they even defied the City Hall limit of 45 decibels set for the venue.
Wurst was amazed at the response to his arrival. Clutching a pink bear, an award he received for his struggle for LGBT rights, Wurst told the media, "I cannot believe this reception.
"The first time I came to Madrid I had no time to do anything. I landed in Madrid, acted and in the afternoon I had to catch another plane. This second time I'm taking time to do more things and I'm glad because Madrid is a very special environment," he added.
When interviewing Wurst, El Mundo asked about the man behind (or rather within) Wurst — Tom Neuwirth — to which he replied. laughing: "Well, he is very shy and lazy. So I have to do all the work." The paper then noted that this response was possibly a tad schizophrenic.
Organizers of MADO 2014 boast that the Madrid Gay Pride event will bring more than 100 million euros ($150) in additional business for the city. However, there was criticism of Madrid Partido Popular Mayor Ana Botella's decision to not hold any further events in Chueca square, which is considered to be the Spanish capital’s iconic gay neighborhood.
Organizers are expecting around 2 million people to take part in the event, including a massive parade on Saturday speaking out on the rights of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community worldwide.
Spanish sources:
El Mundo
La Voz de Galicia
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