Complete Pride Guide – how to celebrate Pride 2018!
Summer equals sunshine, long days and relaxation. Another key feature of summer is Pride – a colourful and vibrant festival to celebrate diversity! You can show your love and support for Pride at festivals in many different cities in the Nordics. We have put together a guide with plenty of tips on how best to enjoy Pride 2018!
Pride in Stockholm – 27 July-5 August 2018
Stockholm is a great city to visit during the summer whether you’re travelling alone, with friends or your family. It’s a large city, but you won’t have any trouble exploring Stockholm’s great selection of exciting attractions on foot. This year, the Pride Festival in Stockholm is being held from 27 July to 5 August. The large parade is a popular tourist attraction, with about 500,000 people turning out to cheer on the 45,000 participants! As a spectator, all you need to do is show up and find yourself a good spot along the 5km stretch to get a good view! The parade itself will be starting at 1pm on 4 August, and it will proceed through central Stockholm, passing many famous sights and historic buildings. You’ll find lots more reasons to visit the Stockholm Pride Festival here. If you need accommodation, you can view and book one of our hotels here!
Pride in Gothenburg – 14-19 August 2018
Gothenburg is a popular destination all the year round, but the summer is by far the busiest season! Leafy neighbourhoods, great restaurants and close proximity to the sea attract all kinds of different visitors. There are also plenty of wonderful places to stay including luxury hotels and more basic accommodation. From 14 to 19 August, you also have the chance to experience West Pride in Gothenburg. The Pride Parade is being held on Saturday 18 August, and the streets will be filled with many people wishing to show their support and solidarity! The parade starts at Heden and ends at Götaplatsen, where an international star will be performing!
EuroPride 2018 Stockholm/Gothenburg
Every year, one Pride Festival in Europe has the chance to host a so-called EuroPride, an international event that attracts visitors from all over Europe. This year, Sweden’s two largest cities – Stockholm and Gothenburg – have been honoured with arranging a EuroPride in Sweden! The festival will be celebrated in Stockholm from 27 July – 5 August, and in Gothenburg from 14-19 August. Two festivals, Stockholm Pride and West Pride, have worked together to arrange this EuroPride, and their collaborations mean that visitors can look forward to a big party that stretches over three weeks! “Two cities, one country – for a united Europe, open to the world!”
Pride in Copenhagen – 13-19 August 2018
Wonderful Copenhagen is even more wonderful during the summer! There’s always something to see or do, and whether you’re seeking the thrill of Tivoli or the charm of Nyhavn, you’ll be able to get there easily on foot or by using public transport!
This year, Copenhagen is hosting Pride Week from 13 to 19 August. The festival attracts around 300,000 people each year to celebrate love and diversity! The Pride Parade goes all the way from Frederiksberg to Rådhuspladsen, ending with musical performances, speeches and a serious party! If you would like to join the Pride Festival in Copenhagen, named the world’s most LGBT-friendly city in the Lonely Planet a few years ago, then go ahead and book your accommodation at one of our great hotels in the Danish capital today!
Pride in Oslo – 22 June-1 July 2018
Norway’s capital city will be hosting Oslo Pride (Norwegian), the largest Pride festival in the country. This ten-day long festival celebrates love and diversity, and everyone is welcome to join in! The purpose of the festival is to “visualise unconventional culture in order to promote greater acceptance and respect for the diverse citizens living in this capital city.”
Festivities include concerts, political debates, art exhibitions and the Pride Parade of course! The Pride Parade is the highlight of Oslo Pride. In 2017, there were almost 40,000 participants and 200,000 spectators, and this makes it Oslo’s most popular event after the annual National Day celebrations on 17 May! This year, the Pride Parade will be taking place on 30 June, starting at Grønland (a neighbourhood in central Oslo) and ending in the Pride Park a few hours later. The Pride Park is located in Spikersuppa in Oslo’s city centre, and it is the main meeting place during the festival. In 2017, more than 70,000 people visited the Pride Park! Come here to watch Norwegian and international artists perform, and enjoy all kinds of different shows, DJs, stalls, stands and an amazing crowd of happy and inclusive people! Pride Art is also held as part of Oslo Pride, so make sure to visit Youngstorget to see Norway’s largest and most important LGBT exhibition. If you are planning to come to Oslo Pride, you must make sure to book your accommodation in good time as there will be many people coming from all over the Nordics to celebrate this wonderful festival!
Helsinki Pride Festival – 25 June-1 July 2018
Every year, Helsinki attracts thousands of tourists during the summer months to enjoy the wonderful architecture, design and spirit of this Nordic capital! Helsinki Pride will be filling the streets with all the colours of the rainbow over Midsummer from 25 June to 1 July, and this year’s celebration is set to be bigger than ever! Over one week, the city is preparing for 70,000 visitors and more than 80 events to be held at 50 different locations around Helsinki. You really must not miss this! So, bring your friends, family and whoever else to enjoy the fabulous Pride Festival with plenty of lectures (also in English), debates, picnics in the sun, workshops, art exhibitions, various cultural events and of course the legendary Pride Parade! The parade, which is taking place on Saturday 30 June this year, is the highlight of the whole week. It starts at the Senate Square and ends at Kaivopuisto. Other key features of Helsinki Pride are “Puistojuhla”, a park celebration, and Party with Pride, an evening bonanza with lots of fun and dancing! Make sure that you book your accommodation on time as hotels fill up quickly during this period
Nordic Choice Hotels – proud partner of Pride 2018
Nordic Choice Hotels celebrates diversity! We are certain that our guests’ and employees’ differences help to create unique and memorable stays, and promote wonderful encounters. Diversity makes us stronger. And our doors are open to everyone!