40th Berlin Pride

My body, my identity, my life!

July 25th, 2018
Berlin Global, News from Berlin
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Berlin Gay Pride is one of the biggest European gay parades. Known in Germany as CSD the event is a gay landmark that has been held in Berlin since 1979.

The Berlin Pride Celebration, usually known as Christopher Street Day (CSD), is a parade and festival held in the second half of July each year in Berlin to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their allies. The CSD recalls the first reported rebellion of homosexuals and other sexual minorities against police arbitrariness at Christopher Street in New York's Greenwich Village on June 27, 1969 at the Bar Stonewall Inn. It came in the episode to days of street battles between homosexuals and the police.

There is a myriad of events planned throughout the day. They include attending official club nights in hipster Kreuzberg, queer film screenings, enjoying the CSD festival on a boat and the Pride party which concludes close CSD.

However, the pride parade remains one of the most popular events. The parade leaves at 12:00 at Kurfürstendamm and finishes at 14:00 Brandenburger Tor. The final rally takes part in front of the iconic Brandenburg Gate. The huge Pride Village stretches out for half a mile along Straße des 17. Juni and will be open from 2 pm until midnight on Saturday.

The stage program starts at 4:30 pm, offering a combination of politics, music, and entertainment. A variety of bands, acts and DJs will be performing on the main stage. In between, speeches, actions and the Soul of Stonewall Award ceremony will be presented.

The Pride Parade is organized by an alliance of disabled, psychiatric, feminist and emancipatory groups and individuals. It is a "prize" intended for associations, companies, institutions or laws that have distinguished themselves in a particularly negative way, excluding and discriminating against disabled and mentally-ill people.

Accessibility is thought of at the parade. There are barrier-free toilets available, there is a support team that can be contacted anytime, and there are opportunities for rest. The speeches will be translated into German Sign Language.


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