Reykjavik Pride Festival
Reykjavik Pride Festival has been celebrated every year since 1999. It began as a small parade organized by the members of the LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) community who marched down Laugavegur (main shopping street) along with family members, friends and supporters and somewhere between 1500 and 2000 onlookers. Next couple of years the colorful and happy vibed parade literally exploded and became way too large for the overcrowded Laugavegur street. Decision was made by the fire department of Reykjavik to relocate the parade to ensure safety and make sure that everybody could view and enjoy the happy and colorful event.
Reykjavik Pride Festival has grown enormously since it’s early days and is now a full six day schedule with many interesting and fun events, including: concerts, gallery openings, dances, lectures, party’s, family festivals, gay walks and queer cruise to name a few. The parade is still the highlight of the festival - lately the concept has evolved more towards celebrating and supporting the wide spectrum of human rights. Pink Iceland (www.pinkiceland.is) offers customized travel packages for the Reykjavik Pride Festival and describes it as: “a mix of colorful culture, amazing nature, fantastic music, great food and a lot of fun”. Check it out - be there or be square!