Mad Bear’s annual winter gathering of larger, hirsute men and their admirers takes place between 3 and 9 December in Madrid. With the event encompassi­ng two national holidays, many Spaniards take the whole week off and take to the capital’s streets. Last year, about 4,000 people turned up. The seven- day celebratio­n includes fiestas, club parties, dinners, the Mr Bear Spain competitio­n, and other cultural events in Chueca, Madrid’s gay neighbourh­ood.

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