This weekend sees Reykjavik’s annual Gay Pride celebration, with a wide range of events; the highlights of which are Saturday’s family-friendly parade and outdoor concerts.
The colourful parade and concerts attract some 80,000 people each year — which is not far short of a third of all Icelanders. The state of gay rights in Iceland is very good by global standards and the LGBT community openly encourages people from all sectors of society to take part. In many ways the march has come to symbolise human rights and equality in general.
As always, the star of Gay Pride 2011 is Iceland’s biggest and most fabulous pop star, Paul Oscar — who will DJ at the Saturday night party in the Nasa nightclub, as well as headlining the outdoor show in the afternoon.
Other acts at the afternoon concerts on Arnarholl hill include Lay Low, The Esoteric Gender, Never the Bride, Gunni og Felix, MaryJet, Bloodgroup and Hera Bjork.
The parade starts at 14.00 and the concerts follow. It is one of Reykjavik’s biggest annual events.
Gay Pride this year also includes several parties, a sailing trip, a mini film festival, a family day on Videy island and a classical concert with music by gay composers through history.