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Stockholm readies for massive Pride parade

Stockholm readies for massive Pride parade

Published: 04 Aug 2012 09:42 GMT+02:00
Updated: 04 Aug 2012 09:42 GMT+02:00

Glitter, carnival and beautiful costumes are set to flood the streets of Stockholm on Saturday, along with an important message, as the annual Pride parade kicks off with 45,000 participants.

According to the organizers, roughly half a million people turn out on the streets to watch and cheer the parade along its path, making Stockholm Pride the largest LGBTQ festival in the Nordic countries.

Over 150 cars, floats and groups have signed up to participate in the parade, which will start off in the posh Östermalm neighbourhood park Humlegården at 1pm, and dance, walk or skip across town to the finish line at Tantolunden park in Södermalm.

The parade means large areas of Stockholm’s central areas will be cordoned off, and this year the police have increased their presence in the city further, due to extreme right-wing anti-Muslim demonstrations that will be held by Norra Bantorget at the same time as the parade.

Last year’s Pride festival led to massive economic losses for the organizers, but this year things are looking far brighter, one organizer told the national newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN).

“Both Pride House and Pride Park have been well visited, and we’ve had long lines outside both areas,” said the festival’s manager Alf Kjeller to DN.

One major reason why the checkbooks are balancing up this year is that entrance to the festival area at Pride Park in Tantolunden is no longer free as it was last year. This year visitors must cough up 450 SEK ($67) for admittance to the area.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:59 August 4, 2012 by mikey44
Your article states that the price in only 450kr, this is for one day. The full price is 1100kr plus a booking fee on 45kr. A total rip off!
17:57 August 4, 2012 by Eric1
I agree with mikey44. I refuse to pay the exorbitant fee for attending this event. I do attend private parties and the parade.
20:08 August 4, 2012 by DAVID T
Good luck to them but I don't understand why they need a parade or separate bars and clubs - are they that special?
23:15 August 4, 2012 by Richard S
I think I know what the letters LGBT stand for, but Q? After the first 4, what is

left?
05:04 August 5, 2012 by MitchXXX
When is the parade for the stright Swedes?Or this is considered "unusual" here?
09:42 August 5, 2012 by bsutemp112
And when have you seen a "straight parade" anywhere in the world Mitch?
19:33 August 5, 2012 by MitchXXX
I got my point than "bsutemp112". It is a matter of your private life who you sleep with and how you feel about it isn't it?You don't need to make a parade of it of you are stright or gay.Sweden is enough liberal about the sexual orientation.This is only another way to devide people among each other.Everyone is unique but don't make feel the stright people bad because of that.If there is a parade it should not be to advertise your sexuality but to bring the people toghether.If there is a stright parade that would be taken as antigay event am I right?
09:06 August 6, 2012 by bsutemp112
I do understand your point, and likewise I also wish that sexual orientation did not matter to the world at large one way or the other. But that said I don't take a gay pride parade as an attempt to make straight people feel bad at all, whereas a straight parade labelled as such would most likely be intended as anti-gay by anyone who cared enough to participate (note I don't say it would in itself automatically be anti-gay). Its a matter of the power relations of being in a minority, and a minority that still is persecuted and discriminated against in much of the world, versus a majority in which noone will care or treat you differently for being straight. Perhaps the point of the parade is to get people to that point of acceptance with gay people as well. I don't know, as a straight male I don't think I can speak for how the gay community feels about it all.
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