Safety rules and terms

For the Reykjavík Pride Parade 2017

1) All participants must follow every rule and regulation set by Reykjavík Pride regarding the parade. The person responsible for each group (Primary contact/contact 1) is responsible for all the participants in the group and must make sure that they are familiar with the rules and regulations.


2) Groups cannot be sponsored by, or display logos or trademarks from, third party businesses or organizations without the permission of Reykjavík Pride. Logos and advertisements on cars and other vehicles must be covered before entering the parade.

3) Any participant or group that displays logos or trademarks without permission will be expelled from the parade.


4) It is not permitted to possess or consume alcohol while participating in the parade.

5) Participants on motorcycles, all terrain vehicles or scooters must, according to laws, wear helmets when driving to and from the parade area. Within the closed area helmets are not required.

6) At least four volunteers must walk beside each car or truck in the parade. If the truck is large the volunteers must be more than four, or as many as the wheels on the truck. The volunteers must make sure that the distance between the truck and the bystanders is at least 1 meter. The volunteers must walk with the truck for the entire duration of the parade and they may not be participants in the group.

7) All participants standing on platforms or floats must be able to hold on to a firm and sturdy fence or railing for the entire duration of the parade. The platform must be surrounded by a fence at least 1 m high made from sturdy material. Regular ropes are not enough, but ratchet tie down straps will do. It is especially important that the railing is steady and strong at the back of the platform in case the truck accelerates quickly.

8) The size limits for vehicles participating in the parade are the following, when they are driving to and from the closed parade area: height 4.20 m, width 2.50 m. If the vehicle exceeds those size limits it must have police escort when driving to and from the parade area. Police escort, and any cost that may come with it, is the responsibility of each participant, not Reykjavík Pride. There are no size limits for the vehicles in the parade but every truck must be able to drive the parade route. It is especially crucial that every truck can take the turn from Hverfisgata onto Lækjargata. Please note that the parade enters the left lane at Lækjargata and continues on the left lane as far as Fríkirkjuvegur. The person responsible for each group must make sure that the driver gets all available information about the parade route, and that the driver has driven the route on the vehicle at least once before the parade.

9) Any distribution or handing out of items, brochures, food, drink, etc. is not allowed in the parade without a special permission from the parade managers. It is strictly forbidden to throw items in the direction of the audience. The parade managers will stop any distribution that has not been permitted by the parade managers and/or expel the group from the parade.

10) If there is an accident during the parade, groups that have sound systems must give the parade managers access to their car and sound system. All participants must also turn off their sound systems for security reasons if asked to do so by the parade managers or security officers.

11) All participants should keep an eye out for problems that can arise, such as protests and vandalism. In the event of a participant becoming aware of anything like that they must contact the parade’s security manager or Reykjavík Pride’s office, unless the matter needs immediate action, in which case police should be contacted by calling 112 and then the parade’s security manager should be informed.

12) Reykjavík Pride’s security can not arrest people. However it is everyone’s civil right to make a citizen’s arrest if a person is dangerous to people and themselves or if a person witnesses a theft. It is worth noting that when performing a citizen’s arrest a person is not permitted to handcuff or tie up anyone, only the police has permission to do that. This kind of case is usually difficult to handle and this right should not be used except in an emergency.

13) In the case of an emergency police should immediately be contacted by calling 112 and then the parade’s security manager should be notified.

14) The parade managers have the right to expel people and groups from the parade if the previously stated security rules are not followed.

Other terms and conditions

15) All groups, cars and participants must show up at their allocated time for the set up. Set up takes place from 11 am at Hverfisgata.

16) All big trucks must have stairs or some other way of getting participants down from the platform in a quick manner after the parade has ended at Sóleyjargata. There has often been much chaos and confusion at the final point of the parade, but it is important that everyone works together to make it run as smoothly as possible. The parade managers requests that participants get off their trucks and out of the parade area as soon as their car has passed into the unloading zone at Sóleyjargata.

17) Groups that have sound systems and generators provided by Reykjavík Pride must return them as soon as the parade is over in accordance with information given by the parade managers. If sound systems and generators are not returned the person responsible for the group will be fined heavily.

18) Reykjavík Pride requires that all participants in the parade show everyone respect, including different the cultures and histories of all people. Costumes may not be degrading or show prejudice towards any group of people, cultures or ethnicities. 
An example of an unacceptable costume in the parade is dressing up in black face, that is to use make up or other means to emulate other ethnicities. This also includes dressing up as an indian, Chinese or any other culture the participant does not belong to.

Why are costumes like this inappropriate? You can read about it here:

19) Last but not least, Reykjavík Pride would like to ask all participants to protect our parade and to not let any inappropriate individuals join their groups.