The 19th annual Reykjavík Pride kicked off yesterday when the festival president Eva María Þórarinsdóttir Lange and Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson helped to paint a rainbow walkway leading up to the entrance of city hall, Vísir reports. It’s become tradition to paint such a walkway somewhere in the city at the start of Pride, with previous rainbows adorning Skólavörðustígur, the street leading up to Hallgrímskirkja cathedral, and the steps of Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík, a downtown high school.
This year’s Reykjavík Pride, which comprises a diverse schedule of over 30 events and activities, runs until Sunday, August 13. The marquee event – the Pride Parade – will be held on Saturday, and will start this year at the top of Hverfisgata street and end at Hljómskálagarður, the park next to Tjörnin, the Reykjavík pond. Between 70,000 and 100,000 people have attended previous years’ parades.
Unfortunately, this year’s parade will not feature one of singer Páll Óskar’s magnificent floats, such as last year’s disco-ball unicorn or 2015’s glittering swan. Páll, who’s taken part in the parade since it first began in 1999, says he’s simply been too busy this year to prepare a float: “After having such enormous displays in the parade in previous years—which have only gotten bigger, if anything—I can’t just show up in a little pickup truck if I don’t have time to do more,” he explained. “I’d rather not take part than lower the standard,” he told Vísir.
See the full schedule (in English and Icelandic) and purchase tickets for selected events on the Reykjavík Pride website .