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Gay & Lesbian
Christopher Street Day
Arguably the best of Berlin's rash of summer street parades, Christopher Street Day commemorates the 1969 Stonewall riots on Christopher St in New York which sparked off the modern gay liberation movement. Upwards of 70 wagons and accompanying paraders prance, pose and sashay their way from the Kurfürstendamm to Tiergarten, finishing with a grand circle around the Victory Column , Berlin's favourite phallic symbol and namesake of the local gay magazine. The champagne spurts from the majority of the floats (available also to bystanders for an appropriate fee), cooling down the mass of sexually-charged sweating dancers. Political slogans alternate with fantastic costumes, and the diversity of the spectators reflects the success of the movement. A great day out for the whole family.
As a warm-up there's another street festival in the city's gay village the weekend before:
Lesbisch-Schwules Stadtfest in Schöneberg,
The famous Homokiez (gay quarter) is located around Nollendorfplatz and Motzstraße. This festival includes music, performances, politics of sorts and the usual array of festival frolicks for gays and straights alike.
More information can be obtained (in German, though) on the festival website .
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