Kati Mustola at Kiasma
Participants in Helsinki Pride 2013 week’s annual parade included the American ambassador to Finland, Bruce Oreck, Sports and Culture Minister Paavo Arhinmäki, Minority Ombudsman Eeva Biaudet, Tom of Finland Seura and MSC Finland – Tom’s Club.
Wiki Wickman photographed by Riitta Skytt
The procession made its way from Senate Square, down Aleksanterinkatu Street, and along the city’s main thoroughfare, Mannerheimintie to Hakasalmi Park, the site of an afternoon festival with 7,000 people taking part.
Marchers gather in Senate Square immediately after 12.00
and the procession will start at 13.00.
Get there early to meet the groups and line up.
TOM’s Club is again participating in the Parade.
You can recognize them from Senate Square,
waving the leather!
Tom of Finland Seura will march behind TOM’s Club,
so look for leather flag and you’ll find them.
Look for ToFS’s banner (above).
Tinttu is the ToFS leader.
Park Park celebrations will be set up
behind the stage over the hill.
Remember to bring your own drinks
to the park this year!
TOM’s Club will have Finlandization advance tickets available.
45€ for members – 60€ non-members. Cash only.
ToFS will be selling limited edition Tom of Finland prints, DVDs,
magnets, buttons and memberships (20€ – 500€ per year).
Set-up time for the Park is 10.00-12.00
so please come by then if you can help out.