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Stockholm readies for massive Pride parade

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.

Stockholm readies for massive Pride parade

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.

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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish). 

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