The Bear on the Anthill

Jussi Mäntynen

The Karhupuisto Park and its yellow vintage kiosk have become a popular meeting place among LBGTIQ people in Helsinki. The nearby Nalle-Pub was a legendary meeting place among lesbians and gays in the late 1990s. The Helsinki Pride week traditionally ends with a Drag Bear Race in which big hairy men dress up as drag queens and run around the bear statue in high heels, performing all sorts of dares.