Icelandic drag queen Gógó Starr will lead Reykjavík’s National Day Parade as the Lady of the Mountain (Fjallkonan) this year, GayIceland reports. The Lady of the Mountain is the national personification of Iceland and a symbol of the country’s independence.
Iceland’s National Day is celebrated annually on June 17. The official celebrations in Reykjavík traditionally include an actress in the role of Lady of the Mountain, who recites poetry for the crowd. Gógó Starr’s participation will, however, be slightly different.
“Even since before I started doing drag. I’ve always loved the concept of this Lady of the Mountain and wanted to embody that woman, and I’ve desperately wanted that headdress for ages,” said Sigurður Heimir Guðjónsson, Gógó Starr’s alter ego. “So I got in touch with the right people at the city office and asked if I could do this and they were just like: ‘Sure, why not?’ At first we were thinking about the traditional performance of the Lady, but then they asked if I didn’t want to lead the parade and get to shine rather than standing stiff on the stage reciting poetry. That sounded good to me, so here we are.”
This is the first time National Day Celebrations will include two Ladies of the Mountain and also the first time one of them will be in drag. “I will wear the national costume, skautbúningur, which of course I don’t have so now I’m desperately looking for someone who could lend me one,” says Sigurður.
Having a drag queen lead the National Day parade is a breakthrough for Iceland’s queer community, says Sigurður. “It’s a sign of how mainstream culture is embracing the drag scene and queer culture more and more,” he says. “It’s become a part of the Icelandic culture scene and I think that is great.”
Sigurður says he is not nervous about the gig. “I’m just incredibly excited as well as exceptionally proud,” he stated. “It’s literally a dream come true.”