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Pride parade was ‘biggest ever’ in Copenhagen

Saturday’s Copenhagen Pride parade, which saw the city fully decked out in rainbow colours, was the largest event of its kind in Copenhagen’s history.

Pride parade was 'biggest ever' in Copenhagen
Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

An estimated 40,000 people took part in the event on Saturday with 180 different floats. The Pride parade aims to celebrate diversity and promote equal rights for LGBT+ people.

Thomas Rasmussen, head of communication with Copenhagen Pride, said prior to Saturday’s parade that he was expecting attendance numbers to comfortably beat figures from previous years.

“We will have the longest and biggest parade ever,” Rasmussen said prior to the event on Saturday.

Around 25,000 people participated in the parade in 2017.

Major buildings along the route, including Industriens Hus and the 70-metre tall Radisson Collection Hotel, which both displayed special lighting, were decked out in rainbow colours for Pride weekend.

The 3.3 kilometre parade route stretched from Frederiksberg Town Hall in the west of the city to City Hall Square.

Organisers found it necessary to reject late applications from groups hoping to participate with floats due to high demand, Rasmussen said.

“It is the first time this has happened. But that’s positive,” he said prior to Saturday’s parade.

The head of communication said that, for the 2019 edition, Copenhagen Pride would seek ways to further expand to accommodate interest.

“We will have to see whether we can make the starting area a little larger or the parade a bit longer,” he said.

Saturday’s parade was the culmination of a week of Pride celebrations in the Danish capital, which will also host two major international LGBT+ events in coming years.

READ ALSO: Rainbow family numbers in Denmark in huge increase

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Lego celebrates diversity with rainbow-coloured figurines

Danish toy brick maker Lego unveiled a new set of rainbow-coloured figurines on Thursday to celebrate the diversity of its fans and the LGBTQI+ community.

Lego celebrates diversity with rainbow-coloured figurines
Lego's new 'Everyone is Awesome' set. Photo: Handout/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The “Everyone is Awesome” set features 11 monochrome mini figures, each with its own individual hairstyle and rainbow colour.

“I wanted to create a model that symbolises inclusivity and celebrates everyone, no matter how they identify or who they love,” set designer Matthew Ashton said in a statement.

He said the fact that he belongs to the LGBTQI+ community had encouraged him to create the new Lego bricks.

“I knew I needed to step up to the plate and make a real statement about love and inclusivity, and generally spread some Lego love to everybody who needs it,” Ashton said.

“Kids are so much more accepting of each other and everybody else’s differences and I think that’s one of the things we can all learn from kids, is just go out there, have fun, be open to everybody and the world would be a much more happier, inclusive and living place,” he added.

The new 346-piece set will go on sale June 1st to coincide with Pride Month, which is dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQI+ communities around the world. 

READ ALSO: Lego launches bricks with Braille

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