Like every year in the beginning of August, Stockholm celebrates it’s annual Pride festival. The CSD for Lesbians and Gays is probably the biggest in Scandinavia. The entire city is flagged with rainbow flags, many shops show their support and the atmosphere in the city is just friendly and uplifting wherever you go. Unfortunately, this atmosphere cannot be felt in all regions of Europe, e.g. in Russia where the laws have been tightened and just showing the flag could be taken as provocation and people get into prison for this.
As a tradition the Pride festival dedicates one evening for the music. In particular there are many popular Swedish singers appearing as well as international singers who participated in the Eurovision Song Contest. This year the highlight was Agnetha Fältskog from the ABBA group. She received her golden record for her new album. Due to the fact that she will never perform live anymore she just send some nice greetings without singing. People have been disappointed but they will still adore her. This was probably the most emotional moment of the evening!
There were Swedish singers like Loreen (Sweden 2012), Carola (Sweden 1983, 1991 and 2006) Anton Ewald, Melody Club, Velvet, Marie Bergman, Roger Pontare, Tommy Nilsson and Sean Banan and many more, the international artists were Lys Assia (Switzerland 1956), Getter Jaani (Estonia 2011), Krista Siegfrids (Finland 2013), Roberto Bellarosa (Belgium 2013), Ryan Dolan (Ireland 2013), Valentina Monetta (San Marino 2012 and 2013), Margaret Berger (Norway 2013), Helena Paparizou (Greece 2001 and 2005) and Gina G (UK 1996).
All singers received a very warm welcome by the audience. Great to see that this Pride festival is so much accepted, many families, old and young joined the enthused crowd.