36th CSD Berlin - Christopher Street Day 2014

Fair, procession & parade

36th CSD Berlin - Christopher Street Day 2014

Pick of the day
CSD Berlin – © Scholvien, 2012
CSD Berlin – © Scholvien, 2012
CSD Berlin – © Scholvien, 2012
CSD Berlin – © Brigitte Dummer, 2013
CSD Berlin – © Sally B., 2009

Christopher Street Day is held in Berlin in June of every year. Lesbians, gay men, transgender people, intersex and bisexual people demonstrate here for equal rights and protest against all forms of discrimination in society. But it is also a joyful occasion, as on CSD, demonstrators celebrate the rights they have won over the last few decades.

Pride Week in Berlin

Pride Week traditionally takes place the week prior to CSD in Berlin, which is packed full with parties, events, and street festivals. Amongst others, celebrations include CSD on the Spree and all the parties that are held around CSD in Berlin clubs.

CSD Berlin: Demonstration to the Victory Column

CSD Berlin is a huge party on the streets of Berlin – and at the same time it is becoming increasingly more political. For example, people protest for equal marriage rights. Every year, there is a special motto which sums up the main CSD demands. About half a million people demonstrate for the rights of homosexual, bisexual, transsexual, and transgender people – heterosexual people also come along to support them. This year's motto is "LGBTI* rights are human rights".

The route leads through central Berlin from Kurfürstendamm (at the corner of Joachimstaler Straße) – Wittenbergplatz – Nollendorfplatz – Lützowplatz and ends at the Victory Column, where the street parties reach their high point in Hofjägerallee. There are numerous stands and a colourful entertainment programme on stage.

Parade's opening: 12(noon)
Start: 12.30p.m.
Arrival: 5p.m.

The History of CSD
It all began in New York City. In 1969, gay people resisted police oppression for the first time in the Stonewall Bar in Christopher Street. In the years that followed, this day was remembered with a procession in New York. Christopher Street Days and Gay Prides now take place all over the world.

Aktionsbündnis CSD - New CSD parade

The CSD organised by the Aktionsbündnis CSD takes place for the first time, putting its focus on international human rights under the motto "Respect for diversity! Stop the backwards march! Guarantee human rights in Germany, Europe and the world!" The demonstration will kick off with about ten floats and many marchers at 12 noon at the Ugandan embassy on Axel-Springer-Straße. It will then continue onto Charlottenstraße, Unter den Linden, past the Russian embassy on Glinkastraße, Wilhelmstraße, Potsdamer Platz ending at Nollendorfplatz, where the final rally will take place. CSD Berlin 2014 will be officially opened by Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit. In his message, he has called for "a society that encourages gays, lesbians and trans people to be proud and open about their way of life and live their lives in freedom and self-determination." www.CSD-Berlin-2014.de

CSD March in Kreuzberg 2014

The "little" CSD march in Kreuzberg has long been a tradition in Berlin in addition to the big pride march that starts on Kurfürstendamm. Although there's been a change in organisers, some Kreuzberg clubs and activists wanted to keep this tradition alive and are calling for a CSD march in Kreuzberg. The demands of the shortest demonstration of pride season are broad: "residency and voting rights for all" to "affordable housing for all." The main motto is: "Oranienstraße isn't a one-way street – solidarity isn't either". The demo starts at 4.00 pm on Oranienplatz and will walk a short distance to Heinrichsplatz in Kreuzberg, where the final rally will take place. Then the party will get started on Oranienstraße.

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