The Spanish Health Ministry has confirmed that two passengers from a cruise ship currently docked in Barcelona are suffering from swine flu (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). The two women, one from the US and the other Italian, are in quarantine on the ship, operated by the company Royal Caribbean, and are being treated on board—according to the Ministry spokesperson, they are both in a stable condition. The medical incident has not affected the itinerary of the cruise ship, which sets sail for Palma de Mallorca later today.
This weekend, two Gay Pride processions will take place in Barcelona instead of the usual one (article in Catalan, Avui). One procession has been organised by the Comissió Unitaria 28 de Juny (for Saturday), while the other, going by the name of Pride Barcelona (taking place on Sunday), is the initiative of the Associació Catalana d’Empreses per a Gais i Lesbianes (Catalan Association of Companies for Gays and Lesbians). Various homosexual entities have signed up to participate in one or other of the processions, but in some cases, such as that of the Associació de Mares i Pares de Gais i Lesbianes, they will take part in both. The Comissió Unitaria has complained that the Pride Barcelona event doesn't have a significant enough political angle and is more of a commercial gathering, similar to the one that takes place in Madrid, while the Barcelona procession has more of a tradition of demanding improved gay rights; the Comissió has also said that the new event is not welcoming to transexuals or lesbians. The organisers of Pride Barcelona have retaliated saying that the original Barcelona event is exclusionary and doesn't let companies take part.
Despite the predictions that at least 100,000 people would head to the beaches of Barcelona to celebrate the eve of Sant Joan on Tuesday evening, in the end around 82,000 marked the arrival of summer there (article in Castilian, El Periodico). All in all, the night of Sant Joan on the city beaches was relatively calm, according to the council, with less illegal beer taken by police compared to last year, and the clean-up operation successfully kicked off at 6am with 175 members of the municipal cleaning departrment BCNeta working until 9.45am to get rid of the 25 tonnes of rubbish left on the beach; two tonnes less than in 2008.