Pride Parade 2019 Sweeps Through Helsinki
People dancing in the middle of Mannerheimintie during Pride parade in Helsinki on June 29, 2019. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today / Click to view gallery
The streets of Helsinki turned into a colorful carnival on Saturday afternoon when the Pride parade swept through the city.
Revelers of all ages, clad in bright colors, danced and waved flags, cheered and smiled in the warm sunny weather.
“Where are you boys going?” asked a disheveled old man sitting on a park bench when I and my assistant wearing fedoras passed by.
“To the Pride parade!” my assistant shouted.
“Are you boys bananas?” the man asked, and after a quick glimpse over our Aviators, we could see that he was just honestly curious.
“Nope. We don’t lean that way,” my assistant replied.
“Same thing,” the man said.
Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) attended the Pride parade and the park celebration in Kaivopuisto, Helsinki on June 30, 2019. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
That was the thing. People of all sexualities and genders were welcome to join the parade. It was about tolerance, equality.
Even our prime minister, Antti Rinne, was there. It was the first time in the history of Finland when a prime minister walks in a parade that so openly makes a statement.
According to the police, at least 80,000 people joined the march.
That’s a pretty strong statement!