Helsinki Pride is the biggest annual LGBTI event in Finland. It is held every year on the last week of June and is is with its over 10 000 visitors also one the biggest week-long events in Helsinki. It is organised by Helsingin seudun Seta ry, a non-profit LGBTI organisation in Helsinki, a member of the national umbrella organisation, Seta.
Helsinki Pride consists of parties, meetings and discussions, the highlight being the Pride Parade across the city centre on Saturday. The free expression of one´s sexual orientation and gender identity as well as the visibility of LGBTI subcultures are at the core of the festival agenda.
The challenge of Helsinki Pride is in bringing different kinds of people together to discuss and debate even on subjects sometimes considered touchy. There is not just one right way of being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer. Diversity, its promotion and strengthening is one of Helsinki Pride´s main goals.