• Sweden edition
 
The Local's Guide to Pride

The Local's Guide to Pride

Published: 29 Jul 2010 15:38 GMT+02:00
Updated: 29 Jul 2010 15:38 GMT+02:00

Scandinavia's biggest gay pride festival starts building to a climax on Thursday, with the popular Schlager evening in "Pride Park" outside Stockholm's Maritime Museum. We guide you through the highlights of a long weekend of partying, with just a little politics thrown in.

Thursday

2pm-1am: Sing your heart out at the Karaoke tent in Pride Park. The best contestants will compete for a spot in the Swedish National Karaoke Championship. A ticket is required for entrance to Pride Park unless you have a weekly pass. Learn more

7pm-11:30pm: The most popular concert of the festival - the Schlager evening. With lots of catchy Swedish ditties and former Eurovision winners, this concert is always guaranteed to pull in the crowds. The first part of the evening, until 9pm, will be dominated by classic Swedish schlager singers from days of yore. The second half, starting at 9:55pm, will have a more poppy, contemporary feel. To enter, buy a day pass for Thursday at 400 kronor. Learn more

10pm-3am: Party time. Put your dancing shoes on and celebrate at the Girl’s Party at Le Bon Palais. The party is hosted by the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights and will feature three dance floors, karaoke and 1,500 guests. All genders are welcome, but there is a cover of 200 kronor at the door or 185 kronor with a prepaid ticket. Learn more

Friday

1pm-6pm: Get cultural and check out Gardet's new art exhibit at Galleri Kocks in Södermalm right near Medborgarplatsen. The mixed media exhibit has something to please everyone's taste. Free entry. Learn more

2pm-10pm: Play dress-up while learning something, too. Visit the Maritime Museum's exhibit Uniforms, Norms, and Power. Try on different uniforms, and if you so desire, have your picture taken and be part of a slideshow. Entrance is free with a Pride ticket. Learn more

9pm-10pm: Giddy-up! Grab your chaps, boots, and cowboy hats for a line dance party hosted by A Six-Pack To Go, Stockholm's best country-western club. Located in Pride Park, festival ticket required for entry. Learn more

Saturday

1pm: The Pride Parade. A colorful mix of a party, parade, demonstration, the Pride Parade can be anything you want it to be. Come down and check it out, everyone is welcome. The route is new this year, but will leave 1pm from Tantolunden and go across the entire city. Learn more

10pm-12am: Celebrate the Parade Gala with great acts like Therese, Le Kid, Love Generation, Ola Joyce, Rebound, Babsan and Dark Ladies, among others. At Pride Park, festival ticket required. Learn more

10pm-5am: Hit up the after-party, which goes all night at Göta Källare. Clean Event is organizing a wild party, with live performances and tons of DJs. 140 kronor prepaid ticket, 200 kronor at the door. Learn more

Sunday

3pm-11pm: Nurse the previous night's hangover and weary feet by cuddling up at Södra Teatern's film festival. Free entrance. Learn more

11pm-5am: One last hurrah. Celebrate Pride's last day and dance the night away with a huge Sunday night closing party hosted by Kolingsborg. Entrance is free. Learn more

Visit the Stockholm Pride website for more detailed information about the festival and the many events going on around town.

Emy Gelb

Paul Rapacioli (paul.rapacioli@thelocal.com)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

10:56 July 30, 2010 by Da Goat
Why don't heterosexuals have pride marches too after all they have much more to be proud of, I detect some discrimination here!

maybe it is because they are secretly ashamed that they have to come out and tell everyone they are proud. why do they have to stick their crap down our throats. I say crawl back under your rocks people and get on with your life.

another thing why must they sully good things like rainbows and the words pride and gay, they have turned respectable words/things into base and crass things.

I don't mind you prancing around just keep out of public view there are small children watching and lots of others shaking heads in disbelief !
02:08 August 1, 2010 by wenddiver
I don't think the Sex out in the streets thing adds to a positive view of Gays or any other group for that matter. Pitifully Sad.
19:51 August 1, 2010 by Mike #1986
a weekend of filth white trash.
12:14 August 2, 2010 by rufus.t.firefly
I don't know about the statements above, but for my part, the parade had a rehearsed, corporate, dutiful ambience. Only about five Dykes on three Bikes, one a scooter. There was no sense of celebration, no spontaneity, only institutionalized political correctness. Definitely organized from the top down.
10:49 August 3, 2010 by cosplay
I don't know about the statements above, but for my part, the parade had a rehearsed, corporate, dutiful ambience. Only about five Dykes on three Bikes, one a scooter. There was no sense of celebration, no spontaneity, only institutionalized political correctness. Definitely organized from the top down
15:32 August 3, 2010 by amalkhan
@ Da Goat: you really do sound like a homophobe. N get your facts straight: words like 'gay' and others were picked by ''staright'' people to describe the socalled 'gay' people.

If it effects you so badly, you can stay indoors in the future. N there were thousands of children who watched the parade and took part in it. N there were so problems.

When a group has been discriminated against for so long, its only natural to come out show your pride in what is hopefully acceptance.
12:51 August 4, 2010 by Nemesis
@ Da Goat, wenddiver and Mike #1986,

You don't like it, tough.

In Sweden people have rights. If you don't like it, leave.
03:44 August 9, 2010 by llongoria0
can we say sick 0? How gross. no one needs to parade their deviant sex practices. and no matter how much they parade, they won't change my mind about them. nasty.
Today's headlines
'Imperfect EU better than revolting nationalism'
Fredrik Reinfeldt. File photo: TT

'Imperfect EU better than revolting nationalism'

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Wednesday urged young voters to head to the European parliamentary polls on May 25th "to cure the European disease of nationalism". READ () »

Ericsson quarterly profit defies sluggish sales
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg at the first quarter press conference. Photo: TT

Ericsson quarterly profit defies sluggish sales

Swedish telecom giant Ericsson on Wednesday announced a drop in sales but posted a sharp rise in first-quarter profit, which nonetheless fell shy of analyst predictions. READ () »

Fatal Norrköping brawl
Four brothers held as cops fear brawl reprisals
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Four brothers held as cops fear brawl reprisals

Swedish police fear that several people involved in a brawl in eastern Sweden on Monday night may be seeking revenge after two brothers were shot dead. READ () »

Sponsored Article
Beautiful pearls of southeast Sweden
The town of Västervik.

Beautiful pearls of southeast Sweden

Ask a Swede, and they are likely to say that their favourite holiday spot is in the southeast of Sweden. Eastern Småland and Öland offer a smörgåsbord of all the things dearest to the Swedes - from the beloved children's book author Astrid Lindgren to deep forests, long sandy beaches, perfect spots for that all-important 'fika', and a surprising amount of space, peace and quiet. READ () »

Weekend weather to bring summer warmth
Swedes enjoy hot dogs and cherry blossoms in Stockholm's Kungsträdgården. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Weekend weather to bring summer warmth

The sun is set to stick around and temperatures could climb into the twenties over the weekend, Swedish meteorologists said on Wednesday READ () »

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king
Erik the Holy's skull and the crown, believed to be Sweden's oldest. Photo: Bertil Enevåg Ericson/TT

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king

King Erik the Holy died 854 years ago, but scientists have just unveiled his skull at Uppsala Cathedral. READ () »

'Day-care rapist' admits molesting eight kids

'Day-care rapist' admits molesting eight kids

A 21-year-old man confessed on Wednesday to sex crimes against eight children at a day care where he was working as an intern. READ () »

Swedish cops nab man for having big muscles
An unrelated bodybuilder. File photo: Ann Törnkvist

Swedish cops nab man for having big muscles

Police in Sweden's south who hauled a muscular man in for steroid testing have had their knuckles rapped, after it was ruled that big biceps cannot be grounds for narcotics suspicions. READ () »

Swedish girls report more eating problems
Teen girls. File photo: Chloe Chaplin/Flickr

Swedish girls report more eating problems

A youth wellbeing report from Save the Children found that more teenage girls than in previous surveys reported having an eating disorder. READ () »

'Zlatan will be back for finals': PSG coach
Photo: AP

'Zlatan will be back for finals': PSG coach

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc said on Tuesday that he believed Swedish goal machine Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play again before the end of the season. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Features
Sponsored: South-eastern Sweden offers Öland beaches and more
Gallery
Swedish underwear shop puts staff in front of the camera
Gallery
IN PICTURES: The Local's Property of the Week - Täby
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - India Unlimited
Features
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - A film, food, and finance feast
National
University applications rocket to record high
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 18-20
TT
Society
Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter
Shutterstock
National
Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 16
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Advertisement:
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 11-13
TT
Politics
Swedes to give six-hour workday a go
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

712
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com