Mayor Jón Gnarr in drag. (Pic: Heimir Már Pétursson)

The mayor of Reykjavík in Iceland joined 90,000 people for the city’s pride parade dressed in drag as a middle aged woman.

Jón Gnarr (43), who was elected mayor in May, is also a well-known actor and comedian. He led the parade atop a decorated truck provided by the Reykjavík Road Department.

Saturday’s Pride celebrations included an outdoor concert at which Gnarr, a father of three, addressed the crowd.

“The mayor unfortunately could not attend himself,” joked Gnarr, adding “This is what we get for voting for a clown in elections.”

On a more serious note he later commented: “The parade has great value and shows the unity and happiness among the people of Reykjavik.”

Iceland is led by the first-ever openly gay leader of a country, Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir. The country’s parliament voted to legalise same-sex marriage in June.

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