Reykjavik Gay Pride is one of the biggest such celebrations in the world (per capita), despite its cosy size. It is often affectionately labelled ‘the biggest little Pride in the world’, and Saturday’s parade will attract as many as one-in-three of Iceland’s entire population to show support for LGBT rights.
The parade route along Laugavegur, the city’s main drag, will find itself thronged with families, politicians, the elderly, the young and almost everybody else in between; many decked in all the colours of the rainbow and proudly displaying flags and taking photos as they enjoy the spectacle along with the LGBT community.
Tourists visit Iceland specially for Pride – and in 2009 they seem more numerous than ever as the low rate of the Icelandic krona is making Iceland cheaper to visit than before.
Reykjavik Gay Pride is more than just a parade though. Pride unofficially started yesterday evening with the annual drag competition and officially starts with the Grand Opening Ceremony and party this evening.
Friday night parties, the Saturday parade and a big outdoor concert all follow; and the official Pride party takes place Saturday night at the downtown Nasa nightclub. The party will be hosted by none other than Iceland’s favourite pop star, the Eurovision veteran, Paul Oskar.
Finally, the spirit of inclusion is embraced for the end of the weekend on Sunday evening with the rainbow church service at the fairytale castle-esque Hateigskirkja Church.
Iceland has made huge strides in the field of gay rights and is now one of the world’s most progressive nations, despite having no official movement until 1978.
Photo from GayIce.is