A few women with dozens of men in stiletto heels raced all the way through the centre of Madrid on Thursday, resisting heat, gravity and attempts by Spain’s right-wing party Vox to curtail their Gay Pride celebrations this year.
The race is one of the most eagerly anticipated parts of the annual festival of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.
Attracting competitors from abroad, high heels race is held in Chueca, aka Madrid’s gay neighbourhood, and the athletic, young, old, the portly also participate in the race.
The race have few rules that states the size of the heels should be at least 4 inches (10 cm) high, and are measured before stepping into the race.
One of the world’s largest LGBT celebrations, Madrid Pride will conclude in a parade in the city centre on Saturday.
A political newcomer and ultra-conservative Vox have increasingly attacked the LGBT rights and festival in Spain.
Far-right Vox party wants to move Pride Parade to a park in suburbs from the city centre.
Meanwhile, there were chants against Vox during the high heels race.
“People still have to fight and make visible certain inequalities that are still not fully resolved,” 23-year-old nurse Javier Garcia said before taking part in the race.
Garcia said that although he had participated in a similar one in the Canary Islands, he felt nervous because it was his first time running in Madrid’s event.
The high heel race winner gets €350 ($390) in prize.