Berlin Pride attracts 150,000 people

The streets of Berlin were full of colorful costumes today (Photo: AP / Reuters)

Around 150,000 people paraded in colorful style through the streets of Berlin for the first in-person Pride celebration since the Covid pandemic.

Draped in rainbow flags, the crowd marched for LGBTQ rights as part of the German capital’s Christopher Street Day.

The parade started at noon local time with a rally and a shower of confetti on Spittelmarkt in Berlin’s Mitte district.

The march followed a path of 4.6 kilometers through several districts towards the centrally located Brandenburg Gate.

Berlin Pride is one of the largest LGBTQ organized events in Germany and one of the largest in Europe.

Its purpose is to celebrate LGBTQ culture as well as campaign for equal rights and equal treatment of its people.

About 150,000 people attended the celebration in Germany’s capital (Photo: Reuters)
Crowds turned out for the first in-person Pride event since 2019 (Image: Reuters)
Massive crowds gathered for the walk to the Brandenberg Gate (Photo: AP)
People showed up in their droves to celebrate LGBTQ culture and push for acceptance and equality (Photo: Reuters)
Berlin Pride is one of the biggest in Europe (Photo: AP)
More people are expected to join the parade later this evening (Photo: Reuters)

Deputy Mayor of Berlin and a senator for culture and Europe, Klaus Lederer, said in an opening speech that the city should be a ‘safe haven’ for LGBTQ people who face persecution in their home countries.

“For all the countries where queer is still a punishable offense … Berlin must be a city of freedom,” he said.

In a historic first, the German Bundestag and the chancellery flew rainbow flags to mark the occasion as political institutions showed their support.

Today’s parade was the first time since before the coronavirus pandemic that the annual celebration could continue without restrictions.

Last year, around 65,000 people attended the parade amid social distancing rules and a ban on alcohol. In 2020, the parade was canceled completely.

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