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Gay and Lesbian Pride celebrations kick off in Oslo

The LGBT community of Norway's capital brave a rainy evening to launch 'Skeive dager' - the city's annual Pride festival.
A rainy start to Oslo's 2013 LGBT Pride celebrations.
Photo by Gareth Johnson.

Oslo's LGBT community are a hardy bunch, and despite fairly solid rain they were out in force this evening for the city's Pride celebrations.

Oslo's celebrations are known as 'Skeive dager' (which translates roughly as 'gay days') and it's a week-long Pride festival that includes a film festival, concerts, art exhibitions, performances, and political debates.

This evening was the launch of the Pride Park festival area - a tented village on Oslo's spectacular harbor - with a strong presence from Norwegian businesses and local community groups. The crowd sensibly had their umbrellas and wet weather gear out and were happily drinking, eating, laughing, and watching performances on the stage.

At this time of year in Norway the sun barely sets, so the long summer evenings make it tempting to keep the celebrations going all night.

Thankfully the forecast is looking a little better for the Pride Parade which will be marching through the heart of the city of Oslo on Saturday 29th June 2013.

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