This weekend was Berlin’s 36th annual CSD (Christopher Street Day) pride parade. If you’re looking for a great time to visit Berlin, this is it. Everyone comes out for the gay pride march and reports this year said there were nearly 500,000 participants at the CSD. But Berlin doesn’t just settle with that — there are alternative pride marches, a Dyke march and political events, demonstrations (manifestations) and marches that happen throughout the CSD pride week. It all starts with the annual street festival as well — which is a really fun event and a much more laid-back atmosphere than the always crowded CSD pride parade.
CSD this year (also referred to as Stonewall Berlin) hit Berlin on a cloudy & almost-rainy day, but that didn’t stop the crowds from turning up. And in good spirits, no less! I spent my day wandering in and out of the parade, plus enjoying the party afterward in Tiergarten — that’s where the real fun happens. But I also couldn’t take my eyes off all the happy, smiling people throughout the city. Maybe it was the fact that the rain held off throughout the day, keeping everyone surprisingly upbeat. Or maybe it was the fact that Germany was playing in the World Cup later that night. But all of Berlin seemed to be full of happy, smiling faces. I just love days like that.
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Oh, and if you’re looking for a fun blog about being gay in Berlin, you have to read this Tumblr! I spent an hour reading all the old posts as soon as I discovered it…
Does Berlin actually have a Christopher Street or is the day named for Christopher Street in NYC (home of the Stonewall Inn)?
I would have killed to have been there this year if I’d been in Germany as Conchita was singing, and she’s my new obsession :)
Berlin is a fabulous city, though, and I’m betting CSD Berlin is one of the best pride events around.
And fabulous photos. Love your blog. I visit all the time :)
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