The York Dungeon is bringing Thor, the well-known Viking God, to this year’s York Pride parade disguised as the Viking goddess, Freya, in a bid to bring a lesser known Viking saga to life, whilst supporting the event.
As a sponsor of York Pride 2017, The York Dungeon will take to the streets of York on 10th June to help spread messages of equality and diversity at the one-day event. 1000 years on from the original Viking saga, The Dungeon’s Thor will attempt to convince the Pride crowd that he is in fact Freya, in a bid to get back his treasured hammer.
Stuart Jarman, The York Dungeon general manager, explains:
“The Viking Sagas tell the story of how Thor lost his mighty hammer, Mjolnir, to the giants. The leader of the giants declared he would only return the hammer if he was able to marry the most beautiful of Viking goddesses, Freya.
Thor then dressed up as Freya; made his way into the giant’s realm; convinced the giant leader that he was indeed Freya; got his hammer back and then slayed all the giants.”
“We firmly believe that bad things should be kept in the past – especially prejudice – and that fun and acceptance is for everyone.
Joining Thor will be a cast of characters from The York Dungeon, who will be spreading the fun for York Pride on June 10th, joining the parade and handing out exclusive goodies to the people of York.”
Greg Stephenson, Chair of York Pride, says:
“Having support from local businesses is crucial to the success of the York Pride event and we are delighted to have The York Dungeon as a sponsor this year.
This year’s Pride promises to be one of the biggest celebrations of LGBT culture in York. Despite there being some rogue York Dungeon characters in and amongst us, we are committed to keep this a safe event for our community to enjoy.”
Hold Hands with Pride is the theme of York Pride 2017, shedding light on the difficulty LGBT individuals face when deciding whether they feel comfortable enough to hold their partner’s hand in public. The York Pride parade departs at 11.45am from York Minster on Saturday, followed by a celebration at the Knavesmire from 1pm, headlined by special guests, S Club Party.