What’s happening for the grand finale of Copenhagen’s WorldPride festival?

As anyone living in Copenhagen is probably aware, the city has been hosting Worldpride, the international festival celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. Here's what's happening in tomorrow's closing celebrations.

What's happening for the grand finale of Copenhagen's WorldPride festival?
Revellers take part in the Sea Pride event on Thursday. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

What happens on Saturday for the closing parade? 

Because of the coronavirus infection, the organisers are not holding the much-loved WorldPride Parade, the carnival of celebration which people expect from Pride events. 

Instead, there will be six smaller parades in which only groups invited in advance can participate (although anyone can come and watch!), which will all converge on Fælledparken, the park that divides Nørrebro and Østerbro, where the closing ceremony will be broadcast on giant screens and a series of live acts will perform (be aware that you need to have booked to attend). 

The marches will go from Højbro Plads,  WorldPride Square, Den Sorte Plads, Israels Plads, Churchillparken, and  Svanemøllen. You can find the details on timings here

Lady Bunny is headlining the Signature Closing Party. Photo: WorldPride

Will there be a closing ceremony and party? 

While the marches will end at Fælledparken, the actual closing ceremony will take place indoors at KB Hallen in Frederiksberg. And while the Fælledparken event is sold out, it is still possible to book tickets for the event in KB Hallen

The Danish pop singer will perform at the closing ceremony, as will the singer, actor, choreographer, Youtuber, and LGBTI+ role model Todrick Hall. ,the French synth-pop trio Keep Dancing Inc, and the DJO and Mashup artist Robin Skouteris

Then from 11pm the party really starts, with celebrations hosted by the trendy Copenhagen outdoor venue Halvandet and continuing until 5am. 

Among the performers at the WorldPride Closing Signature Party will be Lady Bunny (US), Bebulah (SE), Tim Andresen (DK), Annælix (DK) and Shaarup (DK), Philipp Drube (DE), Neri J (DK) and Frank Heise (DE). 

What’s been happening so far? 

There’s been the WorldPride Opening Parade at Copenhagen’s Rådhuspladsen (City Hall Square), which has been renamed WorldPride Square for the duration of the festival. 

As part of the ceremonies the original rainbow flag was hoisted inside Copenhagen city hall. The flag was created in 1994 by the US artist Gilbert Baker to mark the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall gay rights riots in New York. 

Photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Ritzau Scanpix
The Øresund Bridge between Copenhagen and the Swedish city of Malmö, which is co-hosting the event, was lit up in rainbow colours. 
Photo: Johan Nilsson / TT
The British embassy in Copenhagen hosted a reception for LGBT+ along with their counterparts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. 

On Friday, there was a protest against the oppression of LGBT+ people by the government’s of Hungary and Poland. 
Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix
On Monday, there was a human rights conference at Copenhagens’ UN Byen (UN City), focused on abuses against LGBT+ people internationally, which was opened by Crown Princess Mary
Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix
Here’s Crown Princess Mary meeting Hadi Damien (C), initiator and organiser of Beirut Pride, the frist Pride in the Arabic-speaking world, during the official opening of “Copenhagen 2021”. 
Photo: Martin Sylvest / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP
On Thursday, there was a “Sea Pride” procession in the canals of Copenhagen, with groups of partying and picnicking revellers touring the waters. 
Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix
There was even some swimming. 
Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

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