Berlin’s celebration of LGBT rights is better known as Christopher Street Day or CSD Berlin. Over 500,000 people parade through the streets of Kurfürstendamm with colorful floats, costumes and music. The celebration kicks off the weekend before at the Lesbian and Gay City Festival at Nollendorfplatz and continues through July 22nd.
The festival was originally intended to serve as solidarity and support for the gay community in Greenwich Village, NY during the Stonewall Riots. The protests in New York occurred at Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in New York, and the festival in Berlin was named for the iconic nightspot.
(Read: Berlin Pride Survival Guide)
Today, CSD Berlin has grown to one of the largest Pride celebrations in Europe. You can expect crowds of protesters marching for equal rights and marriage equality alongside elaborate street celebrations and large dance parties.
Here is everything you need to know about Christopher Street Day in Berlin.
Berlin Gay Parade Date & Location
Christopher Day Pride Parade will take place on July 22, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. The parade, or demonstration, begins midday at Ku’damm and Joachimsthaler Street and ends at Brandenburg Gate with the CSD Rally. Spectators are welcome to march along as they wish.
Berlin Pride Admission
Admission to both the parade and rally are free and participants are encouraged to join in however they’d like. Whether that’s watching the parade from the sidelines, or getting dressed up and joining in on the celebration.
CSD Berlin Events
Berlin Pride events include exhibitions, rallies, lectures, concerts and, of course, parties. See below for all of your options.
The official Berlin Pride Rally begins at 4:30pm at Brandenburg Gate, where the parade concludes. The event will be a combination of demonstrations, speakers, music acts and DJs featured across two stages. Also, the Soul of Stonewall Award Ceremony will be presented to prominent activists within the LGBT community.
LIQUID Official Lesbian Party at Musik & Frieden Berlin on Saturday, July 22nd at 9pm.
UNITY Pride Official Main Party at Funkhaus Berlin, Nalepastr. 18, 12459 Berlin on Saturday, July 22nd at 10pm.
Getting to Berlin Pride
Bus – Several bus lines will also take you to the start of the parade. Plan your trip based on where you’re coming from.
Underground – The U1 and U9 lines will get you to the U Kurfürstendamm stop where you can easily walk to the start of the parade. Plan your trip on VBB’s official site.
Where to Stay for Berlin Pride
Berlin Pride brings hundreds of thousands of people to the city, which means limited choices in accommodations if you wait too long to book. It also means higher prices unless you know where to look. Your best bet for finding a place to stay in Berlin during Pride is to look through hotels, Airbnb options and B&Bs. Here are a few of our best finds:
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