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The Berlin Pride Celebration, usually known as CSD Berlin, is a parade and festival held at the end of June each year in Berlin to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their allies. CSD stands for Christopher Street Day. Since 1979, the event has been held each year. Berlin Pride is one of the largest gay and lesbian organized events in Germany and one of the biggest in Europe. Its aim is to demonstrate for equal rights and equal treatment for LGBT people, as well as celebrate the pride in Gay and Lesbian Culture.
The CSD is held in memory of the Stonewall Riots, the first big uprising of LGBTQ people against police assaults on June 27, 1969. These took place in Christopher Street, Greenwich Village (New York, USA.)
The first CSD in Berlin took place on the 30th of June 1979 and since then has taken place every year. In 2012 around 700.000 people attended the CSD Parade, and 500.000 people were present at the Finale at the Brandenburg Gate, making it into one of the largest events in Berlin as well as one of the largest Pride Events in the world.
CSD Berlin Events
CSD Berlin comprises several events, taking place within the framework of the month-long Pride Festival, usually starting at the end of May. Pride Week is the final week of the festival, ending with the CSD Parade.
The CSD Gala has been taking place since 2011, and is organised in co-operation with the Friedrichstadt Show Palace.
All CSD events are organised by the Berliner CSD e.V. (Berlin LGBT Pride Association.) Berliner CSD e.V. was formed at the end of 1999. The association was meant to relieve the three previous coordinators: the “Sonntags-Club”, “LSVD” and “Mann-o-Meter”, who had been organizing the “CSD Berlin” from 1994 to 1999.
Each year, the theme, motto and political demands of the CSD Parade are determined in so-called Pride Forums. These are open meetings that can be attended by anyone.