When: June 23, 2012
Where: Various locations throughout downtown Berlin
How much: Free
Who should attend: Anyone and everyone who prefers things colorful and funky, and wants to show their solidarity.
Berlin today is considered one of the most free, tolerant and non-judgemental cities in the world. The vibrant yet relaxed nature is what attracts people from all over the planet to the city every year. CSD Berlin highlights the city´s on-going commitment to fairplay for diversity.
The Christopher Street Day refers to the street name in New York´s Greenwich village that saw LGBT clash with police in the Stonewall Pub. The riots resulted because of the level of mistreatment, harassment and prejudice the gay community encountered form the police in the late 1960s. The first Christopher Street Liberation Day took place in 1970 in America to mark the ´Stonewall´ riots and has become an international tradition for many cities in the summer to host a similar event.
June 23 and half a million people in Berlin will take part in a parade to show solidarity, celebrate diversity and generally have a fantastic day out. Expect lots of dressing up for the occasion. Colourful and creative outfits will be evident all around as will the sometimes cheeky lack of full clothing. Decorated floats and music will add to the carnival atmosphere while big smiles and friendliness will be an obligatory requirement.
What better to enjoy the summer and CSD then a cruise and party on the Spree. Viewing a city by boat on a sunny day is always a bit special as you admire the sights in a relaxing and entertaining way. The cruise usually starts at 7pm and ends around 8.50pm. After which things really get swinging at the Pride Party.
If you have not yet been to a CSD event you really should make a point of going and enjoying this very unique celebration and spectacle. For those that have been before we know we will see you there again this year.
The parade gets underway at 12.00pm
There have been changes to the route for this year. The new route will see the parade get underway in the middle of Kreuzberg.
Starting at the corner of Prince Street Gitschiner running down to Wilhelmstrasse then going past the SPD headquarters continuing on at the House of Representatives and Potsdamer Platz. Next past Hannah-Arendt-Straß to Glinkastrasse. The Russian Embassy moving towards Dorotheenstr Reichstag to-Yithzak Rabin-Str until finally hitting the parade finale at Brandenburg Gate.
The first floats are expected at the Brandenburg Gate usually around at 4:30 PM, and upon the arrival of the parade’s last participants, the grand finale will start. Around 400,000 people are expected in front of the huge main stage where, on this evening, civil courage prizes for merit in the field of gay, lesbian, and transexual equality will be distributed.
Various speeches given on this occasion will serve to reinforce the day’s political importance, and to ask for further tolerance and acceptance.
And after all of this, the partying and dancing really gets going, with numerous artists on the main stage and in the “Disco Corner.” For those of you who prefer things a bit calmer and quieter, you’ll find your oasis in the Chill-Out Lounge.
Looking for accommodation for CSD Berlin?
If you are planning on coming over to Berlin for CSD on your own or with a group of friends you might want to consider renting an apartment. Apartments in Berlin are very affordable and allow you great value and freedom.
Oh-Berlin specialises in providing accommodation in Berlin and have been successfully doing so since 2005. With over 400 apartments, we’re still one of the biggest holiday accommodation companies in the city. We also pride ourselves on our exceptional customer service department, which can be accessed 365 days a year, in five European languages.
Check out our apartments at www.oh-berlin.com
Berlin CSD e.V.
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Further informative websites on the subject of CSD:
www.prideweek-berlin.de with all of the information on the CSD Spree Boat Tour, the Pride Party, and much much more, for your partying and flirting needs.