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The world's biggest little pride parade in downtown Reykjavík tomorrow, Saturday August 11

By Staff

  • Páll Óskar at the 2016 Pride The Pride Parade is one of the biggest events in downtown Reykjavík each year. Photo/hinsegindagar.is

Reykjavik Pride has been celebrated annually since 1999. It has grown from a small event to one of the largest (and certainly most colorful) festivals of Reykjavík. The six-day celebration, which includes various events including concerts, exhibitions, seminars, and performances, as well as the Pride Parade celebrates diversity and promotes the visibility of LGBTQ people. People of all genders, friends, and families come together to show their solidarity and commitment to the cause of equality.

The August 11 Pride Parade, described as one of the “Biggest Little Pride Parades in the World,“ draws participants from all around the world.

The parade starts at 2 p.m. at the intersection of Sæbraut and Faxagata streets, next to Harpa Concert Hall. The parade will then proceed through downtown Reykjavík and alongside the downtown lake Tjörnin, proceeding along Kalkofnsvegur, Lækjargata, and Fríkirkjuvegur streets. The parade then concludes at Sóleyjargata street near Hljómskálagarður, where an outdoor concert will then take place.

The concert in Hljómskálagarður is free and open to the public. Performers include well- known Icelandic singers, bands and entertainers, and starts at 15:30 (3:30 pm). In the evening a Pride Party will be held at Gamla Bíó theater in downtown. The party, which is hosted by one of Iceland's best known entertainers Páll Óskar (Paul Oscar) starts at 23:00 (11 pm) and continues into the morning hours. The age limit at this party is 20 years, and admission costs 3,500 isk.

For further information, head over to the hinsegindagar.is

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