Oslo is the latest city to be decked out with rainbow flags this week as the annual Pride festival runs through July 1. Residents are even urged to hang out colourful laundry as extra decoration.
“Hang out a pair of trousers, a dress or a T-shirt to show that here, every one is included,” festival chief Fredrik Dreyer told newspaper Dagsavisen as festivities began during the weekend.
He’s inviting everyone to join the parties being held at the city square known as Youngstorget, in the downtown area and at various locations around town. Pride events include seminars, dances, art exhibits and public debate on such topics as gays and lesbians in top football, surrogacy and feminism.
Pride events will climax with the annual Pride Parade scheduled for Saturday June 30. It starts at 1pm in the Grønland district, heads towards the Oslo Cathedral and up Grensen to Karl Johans Gate. It’s billed as Oslo’s largest parade after the annual 17th of May celebrations on Constitution Day.