Stockholm, Sweden held its annual pride parade Saturday, August 2, 2014. “It was bigger than ever with 153 teams and floats joining and record-breaking with over 600,000 people on the streets enjoying a very colorful parade in basking sun with temperatures around the 90’s,” said Visit Sweden’s Magnus Lindbergh.
For the first time in its history, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt walked in the parade, along with several other politicians and their respective parties. A total of eight ministers were present and onlookers noted the diversity in the crowd – and on the streets – this year.
Players from Stockholm’s soccer team, AIK, and the city’s first LGBT-certified hockey team, Kiruna IF, were also in attendance. Next year Stockholm will host the Eurogames in conjunction with Stockholm Pride, and the Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network has announced their involvement and support.
Quick mart 7/11 turned one of their stores into a wedding chapel.
“Stockholm was boiling and the feeling of love and acceptance was definitely in the air,” added Lindbergh.
Stockholm recently said “bon voyage” to more than 2000 Atlantis cruises passengers, making it clear to travelers everywhere that the cute city surrounded by expansive water is on the cutting edge of LGBT life and style.