Last weekend, thousands of LGBT Finns and their allies—including Mayor Jussi Pajunen and Minister for Culture and Sports Paavo Arhinmäki—celebrated Pride in Helsinki. In addition to a the main gathering in Kaivopuisto Park, the weeklong festivities included a live concerts by Finnish pop singers Samae Koskinen and Leola, an “Art is so Gay” installation, cabaret shows, dancing, discussions and more. News reports indicate Saturday’s Pride parade attracted a record 8,000 visitors, at least a thousand more than last year.
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