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Christopher Street Day (CSD), Berlin’s Gay Pride celebration, brings over 500,000 people to the city of Berlin for rallies, celebrations and parties in support of the LGBT community. While the entire celebration is fun, the situation can be a bit overwhelming without some advice for navigating the chaos. Here’s your breakdown of Berlin’s Pride Festival: CSD.

Berlin Gay Pride
Photo by Unity Pride

1. Know the History

CSD Berlin was initiated 10 years after the Stonewall Riots in New York City in solidarity with the movement. The location of the New York protest was on Christopher Street, hence the naming of Berlin’s Pride celebration, which was later shortened to CSD. Berlin Pride and CSD are synonymous.

2. Get the CSD Breakdown

Berlin Pride is divided into two main events: the parade and the subsequent rally. The parade starts at noon at Ku’damm and Joachimsthaler Street and ends at Brandenburg Gate, where the rally takes place.

3. Head to Berlin Pride Events

The rally is an event in itself, with music performances, speakers and special guest DJs. After the rally, head to one of the official parties downtown. Liquid is the official lesbian party at Music & Peace, and Unity is the official CSD Berlin after party held at Funkhaus Berlin.

4. Get in the Spirit

CSD Berlin is a full expression of pride and an all-out celebration of gay rights, which means you can get as eccentric as you’d like. Wear extravagant costumes, join the parade and don’t forget the excessive amounts of glitter.

5. Check out the city

Berlin is filled with a rich and very interesting history. Between the Berlin Wall, Holocaust Memorial and Museum Island, there will be plenty to take in during your visit.

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