It felt like a dream. Giving a kiss to the human I love in front of the legendary white Helsinki Cathedral was already a highlight of our trip to Finland. But doing it with this amazingly rainbow colored backdrop of the thousands of LGBTQ+ people from all over the world, made this “gay kiss“ to a very special memory. During one of our best gay travel experiences ever to the Finnish capital Helsinki, we walked hand-in-hand the most authentic demonstration for LGBTQ+ rights ever.
The Gay Pride Parade was supported by thousands of singing and dancing people from all over the world, uncountable rainbow flags and self-made posters. It gave us the opportunity to bethink of the roots of the LGBTQ+ Pride movement but also how beautiful Europe and how diverse our world really is. It remind me how much important is to be able to appreciate peacefully all the intercultural differences. And Finland sprint ahead of most European countries when it comes to embrace the gay community. Helsinki is known as one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world and has just legalized gay marriage in March, 2017.
In 2017 Helsinki Pride will take place from June 26th to July 2nd. For everyone who loves a cooler summer and a more authentic gay pride festival with dozen of events and parties, Helsinki Pride is a great alternative. Starting with the gathering of all demonstrators in front of the remarkable landmark of Helsinki, the white Cathedral, the human rights demonstration will walk through the city ending at Töölönlahden tapahtumapuisto, the municipal park, with a colorful festival.
And don’t underestimate the Finnish capital and its cultural highlights like a real Finnish sauna experience at Löyly or the architectonic landmarks from Alvar Aalto like the Finlandia Hall. Especially during midsummer nights the sun sets at around midnight or even later. Go with the extra long days and sit outside drinking a typical Finnish Gin with rosemarine. Or try the fresh fish from the Baltic Sea prepared the Finnish way. Looking for some activities in Helsinki? Rent a bike and explore the city the easy and safe way. Or spend a day at Linnanmäki, the theme park of Helsinki. Helsinki for us means a gay-friendly and unique place in this world. It conquered a very special place in our heart.
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