To  our valued community,

Let’s get right to the point: today, we’re asking for your help. Please join our team of investors by participating in our Wefunder crowdfunding campaign (minimum investment: $100, approximately €85). The funds raised ( $140K+ to date, a heartfelt thank you to the 300+ participants!) will help misterb&b pass  this very difficult period, and vigorously bounce back as soon as travel resumes.

The Covid-19 coronavirus crisis hit us right when our growth was exceeding 20% per month, thanks to the addition of a large catalogue of LGBTQ-friendly hotels on our platform last December. Travel restrictions abruptly halted this growth, preventing us from reaching the break-even point and becoming profitable for the first time. For seven months now, misterb&b has been in hibernation mode with dramatic cost reductions, a hiring freeze, temporary unemployment, pay cuts, and the aid  of governmental and private relief funds.

Despite these efforts, and the partial return of our activity between June and September, we must admit that the months ahead are going to be extremely difficult. In our hearts, we do not believe that travel will resume for real before the summer of 2021. That’s nine  more months to go!

We hate to interrupt your day with this message, as we can imagine you have other things to read or do. But there you have it. If every person who opened this email, and could  afford it, joined our team of investors on WeFunder (minimum investment is $100, around €85), misterb&b could continue to thrive for years to come, and offer the entire LGBTQ travel community the opportunity to experience  a more welcoming world.

When we created misterb&b, many told us that it would never work, claiming  the “market” was too small. Yet, six years on misterb&b has grown to become the world’s largest LGBTQ-friendly accommodation booking site. Our teams (around twenty people currently) work tirelessly on a daily basis to offer you the best possible experience. By becoming an investor, you will show them how much their work means to you.

We imagine that most recipients will ignore this message. We just hope you take a minute to  think about the importance of a platform like ours in your life as an LGBTQ traveler. Imagine the next time you search for a LGBTQ-friendly stay, you realize that misterb&b no longer exists? This is not what we want, and we can imagine it’s not what you want either. We thank you all for your time and attention.

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June 22 - July 07, 2020

Cologne Gay Pride (CSD)

Parade:
July 05, 2020 @ 12:00 pm

Start: Deutz Suspension Bridge

Cologne Gay Pride (CSD)

About Cologne Gay Pride (CSD)

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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!  

Program for Cologne Gay Pride (CSD)

Please note that due to the global Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, Cologne Pride 2020 has been postponed until further notice.

Bear in mind that this is the event program for 2019. Stay tuned for the 2020 program for Cologne Pride, coming soon. 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!

Pictures of Cologne Gay Pride (CSD)

©Facebook/Cologne Pride 

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