Cologne Gay Pride or CSD (Christoper Street Day) is the biggest LGBTQ demonstration in Germany, and one of Europe's largest. Running for roughly two weeks, Germany's iconic gay city is host to a series political, cultural, and party events that celebrate everything LGBTQ related. The two highlights of Cologne Gay Pride, however, are the CSD Street Festival, which transpires in many of the city's public squares (platz) and of course the Pride Parade, referred to locally as the CSD Demonstration.
Cologne Gay Pride first started as a relatively small demonstration in 1991. Organized by the Cologne Association for Gays and Lesbians, the event followed the maxim of "Good Friends Come Together" and was welcomed with open arms from the get-go. Today, Cologne Pride attracts hundreds of thousands of pride enthusiasts each year, and some 80 floats take part in the procession. As with any Pride, Cologne Gay Pride is a firm advocator for the legal and social acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersexual and transgender individuals.
While Cologne Gay Pride usually lasts for roughly two weeks, things really heat up on the event's final weekend. The street festivals take place from the Friday until the Sunday in the old town, culminating with the parade on Sunday afternoon. So if you like the idea of experiencing your pride in what is arguably Germany's gayest city, pencil in Cologne Gay Pride to your event's calendar - you won't regret it, it's sehr gut!
The following is the event program for 2020. Stay tuned for the 2021 program.
+++ Please note that due to the global Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, Cologne Pride 2020 has been postponed until further notice.
For 2019, the Cologne Gay Pride Parade (CSD March) will transpire on Sunday, July 7, starting at 12 noon from the Deutz Suspension Bridge. People start to gather around 11:30, however, so we suggest heading there early. It will then wind its way through the old town, passing Heumarkt, Ehrenstrasse and concluding at city's main cathedral, Köln Dom.
Following the parade, there will be a multitude of different events taking place throughout the city well into the evening. Strassenfest will illuminate Heumarkt in the heart of Cologne's old now, and run from 1pm right through to 11:30pm, and welcome DJs curating a series of house-inspired sets. The festivities will also continue on the Monday, should you want to keep your party spirits afloat.
If you are looking for a party with the most, you need to pencil in Sexy Pride Land, the official Cologne Pride main party. This will be taking place on the Saturday, July 6, from 10pm at iconic venue, Boothaus. You can look forward to four dance floors, indoor and outdoor areas for mingling, and of course top-notch DJs including Micky Friedmann, Sharon O'Love, and Berlin-based Marusha.
In conjuction with Cologne Pride, there will be Pride Festival Cologne. Organized by Sexy, Greenkomm, and Naughtycontrol, the festival will form the soundtrack for Cologne Pride with a series of indoor and outdoor parties taking place from Friday to Monday, July 5-8. Along with the aforementioned Sexy Pride Land, you can look forward to the popular Babylon Pool Party and Moussa's T-Dance, and a loose afterparty at Nachtflug Club.
Convinced yet? We certainly are, and we look forward to seeing you in Köln for Cologne Gay Pride very soon! Tschüss!