Rainbow picket sign that says: Love is never wrong

What can you expect from the Christopher Street Day in 2024?

First of all, you can expect up to half a million happy people in rainbow colors and Pride flags to take to the streets of central Berlin. Christopher Street Day – or CSD – in Berlin is known to attract hundreds of thousands of participants and spectators.

Christopher Street Day, Berlin
Hundreds of thousands of protesters take to the streets on Christopher Street Day.
Photo by Chrissie Sternschnuppe@Flickr. CC BY-SA

Pride in Berlin is called Christopher Street Day

The day is named after the street in New York City where Pride around the world originated.

At the Stonewall Inn gay bar on Christopher Street in New York, the police had repeatedly raided and arrested the guests. The trans women in particular were subjected to harassment and degrading treatment by the police, and on June 28, 1969, they had all had enough when the police raided the bar once again.

Christopher St. on Manhattan where the Stone Wall riots took place in 1969.
Christopher St. on Manhattan where it all began in 1969.
Photo by Colin W@WikiediaCommons. CC BY-SA

Street fights against the police broke out and lasted several days, with violence, flying cobblestones and fire in the streets. Lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people all took part in the fight against the police.

The following year, the LGBT+ community marked the riots with a march through the streets of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, the first ever Pride.

Christopher Street Day in Berlin takes its name from the events in New York in 1969 and maintains that Pride is a demonstration, not a parade, for LGBTQIA+ people’s rights.

'Wir sind keine Parade!' – We're not a parade!
‘Wir sind keine Parade!’ – We’re not a parade!
Photo by Chrissie Sternschnuppe@Flickr. CC BY-SA

What is the demonstration about?

In addition to LGBTQIA+ rights in general, Christopher Street Day also has a specific focus on current events around the world. For example, threatened democracies, hate speech, gender minorities in countries at war or authoritarian regimes.

CSD van
The loudspeaker truck is in the front of the demonstration.
Photo by Chrissie Sternschnuppe@Flickr. CC BY-SA

The demonstration is several kilometers long. Longer than the route itself. The loudspeaker trucks with the organizers shouting out this year’s messages reach the finish line before the sponsor vans start.

Hundreds of thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people and other sexual and gender minorities are taking part in the demonstration or cheer along the sidewalks. Some in their everyday clothes, others in rainbows and others in drag and other party outfits known from the queer community.

The route for 2024 has not been published yet, but you will get it here on this page in details as soon as CSD Berlin publishes it.

A protester wearing wings at the CSD in 2022.

Rainbow picket sign that says: Love is never wrong

Where:
The center of Berlin, usually in the areas around Potsdamer Platz, Nollendorf Platz, Tiergarten and Brandenburger Tor.

When: July 27, 2024
Family Friendly: Yes
Price: Free, unless you want to join the demonstration with a truck.

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