Sunday, August 7, 2011

Gleðigangan í Reykjavík 2011

Gleðigangan that means literally The Parade of Happiness is the way the Gay Pride Parade is called in Iceland. This parade is held every year the second saturday of August. It is one of the biggest celebrations in Iceland (along with the 17th of June, which is the Independance Day, and Menningarnótt (A night of culture) that is held the 4th saturday of August) gathering a huge amount of people downtown in Reykjavík. This year it was estimated that 100,000 people took part of this party (imagine that!! Considering that the total population of Iceland is just a little bit over 300,000!!).

The weather was just PERFECT: blue sky, no wind (and I mean NO WIND AT ALL) and warm (YES! warm!).

The spirit was really amazing: families everywhere, lots of kids, lots of color and music. It is really a celebration of happiness and tolerance.

These are a few of pictures so you can see what I am talking about :þ

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It all begins with policemen on motorcycles.


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Then proud lesbians -on motorcycles.


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The flags.


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The Major of Reykjavík dressed as a drag and throwing roses to the crowd.


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Stolt fjölskylda: Proud family.


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Balloons.


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Pole dancing on wheels.

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One big drag queen :)


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More balloons and happy people.


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Straight from Egypt :p


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Everybody taking part of the celebration.


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One cool gal.


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Páll Óskar of course. He is a super popular singer in Iceland. Everybody looooves him! (This is my favourite song... if you want to know how he sounds :)


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At the end all following the parade!


Here there are some pics last year's parade also : )


Til hamingju með daginn fyrir alla!

8 comments:

  1. jaja que pasada!!!...cuanta gente!!!...nunca fui a un desfile del orgullo pero me encantaría...siempre quise ir al de Madrid..pero bueno de momento no fui...me encantaron las fotos, el colorido...tooodo! imposible pasarlo mal no?

    Besote

    Lau

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  2. topisimo y las fotos todo un acierto, definitivamente tienes talento rodri!! un abrazo de esta chilezolana que te quiere un montón, agradecería si la leyenda en español, no todos somos poliglotas!!!
    Adriana

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  3. aqui en Paris es igual, es algo taalma, porque creo que si hy otra persona en este mundo a quien amo es a mi mejor amigo, el es albanes y frances, y lo mas chistoso, habla castellano con acento chileno , y se las sabe todas, cuadno podemos vamos a la gay pride, pero antes cuando era soltera no me la perdia
    Mis amigas Lesbianas tambien hacen parte de esta gran comunidad que muchas veces son excluidos, es muy triste ver como aun aqui se les excluye de la sociedad, creo que aun falta, y bastante, y de los paises nordicos debemos aprender mucho ..
    las fotos son hermosas, llenas de color, y se que ese dia ellos son felices, porque cada dia cuenta.
    La homosexualidad esta aun siendo un tema tabu, y he leido muchas veces que la gente prefiere suicidarse antes de confesarlo.
    Aqui en Paris tenemos un barrio gay, "le marais" ohh me encanta jajaja, es tan alegre, y existe una fiesta travesti , que es la eleccion de la "Miss escualita" es una pasada, asistir porque se pelean por el podium como unas verdaderas comadres..
    Tendre que escuchar al cantante mas tarde .. porque ahora me desperte de los dolores de espalafda y huesos , me dio una gripe de caballo ... y ando media vampirica estos dias, porque no puedo dormir..
    bueno Feliz dia del orgullo Gay , lesbico, Trans, y todo lo demas, !!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Que colores - y tanta gente! And I love how the icelenders use their own language - Gleðigangan!

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  5. Simplemente fantastico, esa fiesta en verdad, se ve maravillosa, muchos saludos, bye. atte, jorge chan

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  6. How did I miss this posting - did you sneak it in when I wasn't looking?! Wow, what a turnout and variety of costumes, etc. Looks like a good time was had by all. Love all the huge, colorful ballons!

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