1000s take part in Stockholm gay pride march

August 02, 2004

Scene from last years gay pride march
Photo - AFP
STOCKHOLM — About 7,000 people took part Saturday in a Gay Pride parade through the streets of Stockholm, the event's organisers said.

Under sunny skies a colourful march passed off peacefully and in a light-hearted mood.

The traditional floats of different associations and representatives of trade unions and mainstream political parties, except the conservative Christian Democrats, took part in the high point of the seventh Stockholm gay pride festival.

The five-day festival, attended by homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals, is based in a city park.

Security was tighter and more visible this year than last when only 25 police officers were on duty and rightwing extremists beat up a young gay man near the Royal Palace. – Sapa-AFP

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