Oslo Police estimated that aound 50,000 people marched in Oslo’s Pride Parade on Saturday while another 275,000 spectators lined the streets, setting a new record. One local comedian and activist Else Kåss Furuseth equated the event to “the 17th of May on steroids.”
Rainbow flags, colourful costumes, music and dance filled the streets after the parade started from Oslo’s Grønland district and headed up towards the “Pride Park” set up between the Parliament building and National Theater. Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Oslo Mayor Marianne Borgen led the parade which also featured lots of other top politicians,
“This is an important event and the mood is great,” Solberg told newspaper Aftenposten. “Oslo is an inclusive city and we’re hailing love.”
The annual event in Oslo is now accompanied by other Pride Parades and events all over the country, meant to hail diversity and pride in who you are regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation.