Berlin celebrates Pride with colourful parade for the first time since Covid

Around 150,000 people paraded in colourful style across 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 kicked off at midday local time with a rally and a shower of confetti at Spittelmarkt in Berlin’s Mitte district.

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

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

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

Berlin deputy mayor and a senator for culture and Europe, Klaus Lederer, said in an opening speech that the city must be a ‘safe haven’ for LGBTQ people facing persecution in their home countries.

‘For all the countries where being queer is still a punishable offence … 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 go ahead 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 cancelled entirely.

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