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Gay Pride festival reaches its peak today

Reykjavík hosts its eighth annual Gay Pride festivities this second weekend in August. The board and pride committee has organized a full program from Thursday through Sunday, with the main event being Saturday’s parade and subsequent outdoor concert.

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Beginning at the Hlemmur bus stop, the parade will march down <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Iceland’s main shopping street, and wind up at in the old city center, where the outdoor concert will be held. According to Frettabladid, Reykjavík Gay Pride has become one of the three biggest festivities in the country with over 50,000 attending last year’s parade.

Forty years have passed since New York police officers raided the gay bar Stonewall Inn, which led to the first collective uprising from the gay community. This year Gay Pride takes a closer look at the history of the gay rights movement by offering a walk through the gay history of Reykjavík. According to, Iceland is a world leader in granting both social and legal rights.

The festivities will close with a pre-show of the film Hairspray starring John Travolta, which will not premier in Iceland until mid September.

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