Gay Pride in Hamburg

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CSD in Hamburg
CSD in Hamburg

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Gay pride in Hamburg is celebrated in August. On Saturday, the 6th of August 2011, people from all over Germany come together to celebrate the Christopher Street Day in Hamburg. This year’s slogan is: Trust yourself! Show yourself! Out is in!. According to Lars Peters, head of Hamburg (Hamburg vacation rentals | Hamburg travel guide) Pride e. V., it is an appeal to all homo, bi and transsexual people out there to love and be proud of themselves and stand up for their right to live as they please. Although the gay pride movement might seem like an old hat to many people, there is still a long way to go until total equality and acceptance is established.

Like so many other things we Europeans enjoy today, the Christopher Street Day is a US import. It is named after Christopher Street in New York’s Greenwich Village, where the first parade was held in June of 1969 and has been celebrated every summer since. The first CSDs in Germany took place in Bremen (Bremen vacation rentals | Bremen travel guide) and Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide) in 1979. Today every big city in the country has its own CSD. The largest one is in Cologne (Cologne vacation rentals | Cologne travel guide), which is commonly known as a Mecca for German gays and lesbians. However, not few consider the CSD in Hamburg, the northern port city and home to Germany’s largest red—light district, as the most fun and exciting one of them all.

The 2011 CSD parade starts at 12pm on the 6th of August at Lange Reihe/ Schmilinskystraße near the harbor and then leads in a big circle through the whole town center. Officially about 5000 dressed-up people are supposed to take part in the parade and roughly 50,000 visitors are expected. Judging from last year’s CSD, this is quite an understatement, as almost 250,000 people joined the celebrations in 2010. After the parade the open—air party goes on at Jungfernstieg until the evening of Sunday, the 7th of August.

The parade is organized by Hamburg Pride e. V., a gay—lesbian pride association in Hamburg, which was founded in 2003 and is the biggest one of its kind in Germany. In addition to the CSD, they organize many other gay—lesbian events throughout the year. So, if you visit Hamburg some other time and want to find out what is going on in terms of gay pride in Hamburg, check them out: http://www.csd-hamburg.com/de/startseite.html.

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Location: Hamburg, Germany

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