In the two decades following the reunification of Germany, the culturally rich city of Berlin has emerged as one of the true world capitals of gay travel. A destination that rivals any in Europe in terms of acceptance of gays and lesbians, eclectic and sexual charged nightlife and queer-themed fine and performance arts. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the German capital yearly hosts one of the most spectacular Gay Pride Celebrations.
What in Berlin started as a small but courageous manifestation in the wake of the legendary Stonewall riots in New York has now grown into a parade participated and viewed by hundreds and thousands of people. Even though that the demonstrative nature of the first “pride” has been swapped for a more forthcoming and responsive version, the day of the parade still bares name of the New York street on where the uprising took place; Christopher Street Day.
In 2009, the Pride marked its 31st anniversary. With the slogan stating “Step by Step to Equal Rights”, this German festivity took a more political issue on its shoulders, in order to demonstrate the importance of supporting all people and lifestyles. The edition of this breathtaking extravaganza included manifold happenings being all from musical performances, lectures, art instillations and exhibits on all facets of the LGBT life. The Pride peaked as the 31st edition of the Pride Parade took place, wrapping the street of the German capital in a festive muddle of colours, music and cheerful people.
This year’s Pride will launch May 28 and continue to June 20, which makes the Berlin’s Christopher Street Day 3 week’s affair. With a widespread entertaining program, including, social auditions, startling parties, culturally stimulating exhibitions and fierce performances by multiple artists, participators will not be left without anything to do. The culmination of the 3 party-packed weeks will be the Parade, taking place June 19. To top it off further, the gigantic CSD Finale party will take place in the picturesque settings of the former Berlin city gate, Brandenburg Tor.