July 25, 2016

Stockholm Gay Pride- 2016

The Rival Teddy Björn... 
It's that time of the year again! We have several big festivals in the beginning of August like the Music & Arts Festival and Culture Festival, but first we have the biggest of all Scandinavian festivals: Stockholm Gay Pride! Pride Week is all of this week (July 25th to July 31st), but with many of the main events happening later the week (Wed-Sat). Not only is this a time for the LGBT community to party & demonstrate, it is also an opportunity for Stockholmers in general to celebrate the tolerance in Swedish society and the fact that the city has been named the gay friendliest city on the planet... several times in recent years!
Photo by Yanan Li, Stockholm Visitors Board
The main festival runs through Saturday, July 30th, and there are a ton of events each day... movies, seminars, workshops, concerts, performances, parties and (of course) the parade. I can't possibly list all of the happenings here, but you can check the Pride website to see the calendar of events (currently only in Swedish, but check back for more English). It is good to know that most events are to be found either in the Pride House or the Pride Park (Östermalms IP). There is an entrance fee to the park and you can either buy a day pass or a week pass. Tickets can be purchased at the door, online, at the tourist information office or at a ticnet outlet. There are also a number of nightly parties at different venues throughout the city each evening... more information can be found in the calendar here.
Photo by Yanan Li, Stockholm Visitors Board
The Pride Parade happens on Saturday, starting at 1pm. Traditionally, the parade has gone down Hornsgatan right next to the Rival Hotel. Sadly, this year it will not due to construction and road work at nearby Slussen. So instead it will start on Kungsholmen at 1pm, wind its way through the city before ending at approximately 3pm in Pride Park. This is a very popular event with over 50,000 participants and 500,000+ spectators lining the streets in past years. So if you want to watch the parade, make sure you head down early to get a good spot. If you are staying at the Rival Hotel and need help finding out what is going on each day... contact me directly. Happy Pride!
The Rival and the Rainbow!

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