There are many reasons why the 100.000 gay and lesbian population love calling Munich home. In picturesque surroundings, located very close to the Alps in the south of Germany, this metropolis offers a wide variety of art, culture and an energetic gay scene. Despite the fact that Bavaria and Munich are not exactly known for being progressive and liberal, it does not stop the inhabitants from and around the city to flock to the inner centre in order to get a glimpse at this vivid extravaganza. Yearly, the Munich CSD attracts more than 70.000 excited spectators, who all take to the streets in order to observe the 30.000-strong parade wearing everything from infamous lederhosen to multi-colored feather boas to sharply pointed heels. It is indisputably a far-fetched show bringing together greats from politics, cabaret, television and music.

Mirroring the general attitude among CDS organizers around the country, the organizers also emphasize the roots of the Munich Christopher Street Day: the New York Stonewall riots in 1969, at which gay people took the streets in order to fight for civil rights, pride and equality.

This year’s Munich Christopher Street Day – taking place July 17-18 – will commemorate the 30 year’s the festival has taken place in the Bavarian capital as well as celebrate the success which the LGBT community has managed to obtain throughout the years in the city. With a slogan stating “Your City – Your Community – Your Freedom”, the community calls attention to the fact that despite the visibility of the gay community, which is more noticeable than ever, there is still a lot to fight for; Gay marriage is still not legalized, adoption is still denied gays, and discrimination against homosexuals is still to be exterminated.

People visiting Munich CSD 2010 can look forward to a two days varied program with happenings taking place at multiple spots around the city. Amongst the events can be mentioned a gigantic stage show at Marienplatz, where music stars and starlets from the German music scene will deliver outstanding performances. Additional party dust will be sprinkled over the Rindermarkt, where Munich’s biggest open-air party will unfold. Prominent DJs from allover Germany will set the right atmosphere, as they play and mix some of the most upbeat and funky tunes from recent times. In keeping with tradition, the festivity-filled weekend will climax on July 7, as the humongous, glitter-covered parade unfolds itself in the streets. Due to Munich’s wide-ranging program together with the celebration of the city's 30th anniversary, organizers are already estimating that this year’s Munich CSD is going to exceed previous years celebrations.

* http://www.csd-muenchen.de/