Record turnout expected for gay pride parade

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Organizers of the gay pride parade on Saturday, marking the climax of this week’s EuroPride festival in Oslo, were expecting record participation. The parade was to start in Oslo’s Grønland district at 1pm and wind through the city and up the main drag of Karl Johans Gate.

“Last year there were more than 12,500 people in the parade, and we expect more this year,” Stein Runar Østigaard, leader of the EuroPride festival in Oslo, told news bureau NTB on Friday. “We expect to break a new record.”

Police planned to be standing by (with some officers marching in the parade as well) for security reasons. A few social media groups opposed to the parade have recently emerged, calling for efforts to “stop homosexuals” from parading on the streets of Oslo and for “GayShame” instead of gay pride.

“We think it will be a nice day for everyone,” police inspector Johan Fredriksen of the Oslo Police District told NTB. “But as with all arrangements, we follow along with the security situation.” staff