Icelandic pop singer Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson will ‘sail’ on a Viking ship “for the Icelandic settlement queens” in this year’s Reykjavík Pride parade, which will take place on August 8, as he says on gayiceland.is.
“We are building a real size pink Viking ship destined to sail the crowd of people at the Pride parade,” revealed Páll Óskar. “Coincidentally the sails on the Viking ships were six stripes fastened together and so is the gay-pride flag. So the ship’s sail will be our flag.”
Páll Óskar explained that the idea behind the theme came to him after attending a lecture by ethnologist and historian Særún Lísa Birgisdóttir, who had studied ancient settlement, looking for references to gay people.
“What struck me in Særún’s research was the almost total silence surrounding the history of gay people in Iceland, their lives and feelings. She could barely find anything on the matter until around the second world war,” he said.
“The queens have been here the whole time and I want to build this ship for them, for those who were silenced to death. And that’s why I’m calling the act: The Settlement-Queens,” Páll Óskar, whose acts in the parade are usually extravagant, added.
In the interview on gayiceland.is, Páll Óskar also stated that there will be no “tits and asses” in this year’s parade, in an effort to make it more family-friendly.
“Respect the Pride parade enough not to show your bare ass. I know I have a great ass and I look fabulous in leather but that is something I am not displaying to five-year olds who come to see the Pride parade with their grandmothers. Additionally I have to admit I find it a bit odd to pull your pants down and at the same time demand respect,” he reasoned.