Munich Christopher Street Day

The biggest gay and lesbian celebration in Bavaria is the Munich Christopher Street Day!

Next on: July 2014, exact dates to be announced
The gay and lesbian community energise Munich during the city’s annual Christopher Street Day celebrations.

For nine days in July the city centre explodes with drag queens, high heels and feather boas in the name of gay and lesbian equality and issues confronting the gay community.  

guys-christopher-street-dayPARTY: A bunch of guys at the Munich Christopher Street Day,
Munich's big gay and lesbian party. Pic:  jerome_Munich

Jubilee party

A lesbian festival, the Angertorstraβenfest, will mark the official opening of the 2014 Munich Christopher Street Day on Saturday, 5th of July. The main events take place on Saturday, 13th of July. These include a CSD-Politparade through Munich’s streets and the RathausClubbing (when a stage is set up in front of Munich’s city hall). A street festival starts on the 13th and concludes the next day.

(More details of specific events yet to be confirmed, but here's how the festival has played out in recent years):

Celebrations start at 11.30am on Saturday with a welcoming ceremony at Marienplatz. There are political speeches and comedy and DJ acts continue into the evening.
There’s also parade around Munich’s Old Town starting from Marienplatz at 12pm. The parade includes over 40 floats and stretches over 1km. It’s great fun to watch and there’s a hugely festive atmosphere.
On Saturday night there’s clubbing inside Munich’s Neues Rathaus, the City Hall on Marienplatz. On Sunday at 5pm there’s a ridiculous “high-heels race” where 10 participants attempt to outrun each other along with handbag throwing and ladder climbing competitions.
Another focal point is Rindermarkt, a square 5min walk south of Marienplatz. Munich and international DJs mix it up on an outdoor stage on both Saturday and Sunday from midday to midnight.

How it started

Christopher Street Day began in 1969 when New York’s gay community demonstrated, sometimes violently, against police against discrimination.
Known as the Stonewall riots, the protests sparked a new gay rights movement and it's remembered at Christopher Street Day celebrations around the world. Munich Lord Mayor Christian Ude is the event’s patron.
See here to find out more about Lesbian and Gay Munich.

The details of the Munich Christopher Street Day

Next on: Next on: July 2014, exact dates to be announced
Location: Around central Munich, particularly Marienplatz and Rindermarkt squares.
Website: www.csd-munich.de
Contact: Organisers CSD München GmbH Email: info@csd-munich.de
Fax:
089 54 33 32 12
Phone:
089 54 33 32 11

munich-christopher-street-day-paradeCURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER:There seems to be an Alice in Wonderland theme to this group in the parade at the Munich Christopher Street Day. Pic: jerome_Munich

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