IN PICTURES: Zombies hit central Stockholm

On an ominously cloudy Saturday, hundreds of shuffling and bloody zombies marched through the streets of Stockholm, stopping traffic, making children scream, and letting out almighty moans. The Local was on the scene (at a safe distance) with a camera.

IN PICTURES: Zombies hit central Stockholm

Zombies don’t say much, and this made it particularly difficult to get a good interview for this story. However, Stockholm’s 2013 zombies looked fantastically gruesome, so who cares what they had to say when you can admire them from the safety of your own home.

IN PICTURES: See the 20 most frightening zombies here

The Stockholm Zombie Walk began on Saturday afternoon at Fatbursparken near Medborgarplatsen and headed all the way through the streets of central Stockholm to Humlegården.

The walking dead shuffled along at a snail’s pace to the delight of the crowds and to the horror of young children – and the frustration of motorists.

But why read about it when you can see the 20 best costumes of the day here, or the video below. But beware… it’s not for the faint hearted.

Oliver Gee

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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).