Start: Deutz Suspension Bridge
Cologne Gay Pride or CSD (Christoper Street Day) is the largest annual LGBTQ demonstration in Europe, with around 80 floats taking part. Since 1991, the Cologne Gay Pride/CSD has traditionally been held in Cologne (Köln) on the first weekend in July. The street festivals take place from the Friday until the Sunday in the old town, culminating with the parade on Sunday afternoon.
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!
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