Stockholm Pride opens today

Monday marks the beginning of Pride week in Stockholm, with everything culminating in the big parade through the city on Saturday.

Even though the official festivities begin on Wednesday, Pride week, celebrating the LGBTQ community, has already begun. And the week is brim-filled with activities, events and performances. Music, burlesque and events for children are among the week's schedule.

Pride House, in the Culture House (Kulturhuset) in downtown Stockholm, opened Monday and features a series of events and exhibits of art, music, debates, film, workshops and will be a place for people to meet throughout the week.

This year's Pride Park, in Östermalm's Athletic Grounds, will be inaugurated with an opening ceremony Wednesday evening. The opening speaker for the event is musician Jason Diakité, best known as Timbuktu. And this year Pride Park features the Kinky Quarter, which is "an area with BDSM, fetishism, and other sub-cultures that common people call kinky," according to Pride week's website.