Invitation: With Maailmanvaihto to Helsinki Pride March and Picnic 2nd July

Dear people of Maailmanvaihto, Helsinki Pride week is coming soon! Join us on Saturday 2nd July at 12 with Maailmanvaihto the Helsinki Pride parade and picnic to show your support for equal rights and well-being for all regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression of gender.

In Maailmanvaihto’s activities, young people from different sides of the world come together in the context of international volunteering. It’s important for us to create a safer space and advance equality. As a part of this, we want to take into account better and better the diversity of gender and sexuality.

What, where, and when?

The parade starts from the Senate Square. We will meet on the side of the square, in front of the main entrance of the National Library (Unioninkatu 36) at 12. We will join at the end of the parade. Most probably, it will take some time for the parade to get going.

The route of the parade is about 2,8 km long. On the website of Helsinki Pride, you can find instructions for the parade (in Finnish) as well as other information on the parade, including accessibility information (in the bottom of the page). If you would like us to translate the accessibility information for you into English, please, contact us at programmeassistant@maailmanvaihto.fi.

The picnic will be arranged at the location where the parade ends, in the park Kaivopuisto. We will take a seat in the park wherever there is room for us.

We wish that you will bring for the picnic some vegetarian snacks to be shared. We recommend taking with you also some water and a blanket or a seat base. We will bring some vegetarian snacks and a couple of blankets, too.

Please note, that Maailmanvaihto cannot cover travel costs to the event for the participants.

Helsinki Pride Week (https://pride.fi/en/pride-week), which celebrates equality, is held from June 27 to July 3, 2022. Helsinki Pride is Finland’s largest human rights and cultural event. The theme for Helsinki Pride 2022 is encounters and it aims to highlight the basic mission of Helsinki Pride: to enable people to meet and support the community through these encounters.

How to join in?

We welcome to join all the people of Maailmanvaihto and the friends of our NGO! If you are interested in joining, please reply to this e-mail at programmeassistant@maailmanvaihto.fi, so that we know who to expect to come.

If you cannot find us, you can call or text our office volunteer Laura: +358 50 346 0965. Please note, though, that it is expected that many people will join the parade and the picnic in general, due to which the connection and the audibility may be weak.