Long one of Europe's most gay-welcoming cities, Cologne is the heart of Germany's scenic Rhineland and is the country's fourth-largest city. It is a picturesque, culturally rich, and friendly city that also hosts a wonderful festive and well-attended Gay Pride Festival, called Christopher Street Day. Hundreds and thousands of revellers pack the city streets for the annual Cologne Pride/Christopher Street Day Parade to celebrate and raise awareness and social acceptance of gays, lesbians, bi- and transsexuals.
This year, Christopher Street Day Cologne will launch June 19 and will run till July 4, making it a two week long celebration filled with multiple, cultural activities, street parties and stage shows scattered over the city. Amongst acts can be mentioned acrobatical performances and opera at the Politur-stage, dance-rocking rhythms at the Tanz-stage, and a magnificent candle light commemoration in corporation with Aids Cologne at the Haupt-stage.
July 4 the inhibitors and visitors of Cologne will once more witness an extravaganza beyond beliefs as the parade unfolds itself. 120 creatively decorated floats and trucks stacked with party-hungry posh-like preppies, bling-bearing bears and luscious lipstick lesbians will hit the streets in order to demonstrate their diversity and pride for what they are.
With a slogan stating “ Stolz Bewegt”(freely translated Moving Freely), Cologne Pride addresses not only homosexuals’ desire to partake in social life equally with heterosexuals, it also draws attention to the fact that the city is the host of one of the biggest Gay Sports events in the world alongside the Pride, that being Gay Games.