With Germany’s recent vote to legalise gay marriage, the LGBTQ community in Berlin will have a little more to celebrate than usual at the annual Pride event – Christopher Street Day this Saturday 22nd July. Christopher Street Day commemorates the uprising in New York on June 27th 1969 when violent riots took place at New York’s Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village.
The riots against police assaults were integral in creating a more liberated existence and greater freedoms for the LGBT community locally and are now seen to be one of the most significant moments in LGBT history. The cause has gained momentum over the subsequent decades and gay pride events are now held all over the world in commemoration of Christopher Street Day.
Berliners have showed their pride on Christopher Street Day since 1979 and more than half a million people join in every year, along with the side events also held such as demonstrations, parties and marches. Guests of the Sofitel do not have to travel far to enjoy the celebrations, as the highlight of Berlin Pride is a parade which starts from right outside the hotel, on the corner of Kurfürstendamm and Joachimsthaler Str.
There will be an opening ceremony at midday and then the parade will begin its journey at 12.30, weaving a jubilant and colourful path through Wittenbergplatz, Nollendorfplatz, Lützowplatz and around the Victory column to the Straße des 17 Juni. See the map below for the route of the parade. The parade concludes around 5pm and becomes a street party well into the night, in and around the Brandenburg Gate quarter.
The parade is made up of numerous vehicles but supporters of the cause are welcome to join in on foot in the walking group block of the convoy. If you don’t want to take part in the parade itself, celebrations will begin at 2pm in Strasse des 17 Juni and the event is free. You can find information about the event on their website.