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The demonstration for Christopher Street Day started in Cologne on Sunday afternoon with many visitors. About 180 groups – as many as ever before – cut through the crowds of downtown spectators in wagons or on foot.
The organizers expect at least 800,000 people during the day. “There is a very strong influx,” a police spokeswoman told German news agency dpa. So far everything has gone well. CSD Cologne is one of the biggest events for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) community in Europe.
After a year of Corona break, there is a lot of catching up to do among the partygoers. In 2020, due to the pandemic, there was a much smaller version of the festival in the KölnArena and a bicycle demonstration. In 2021 the CSD was completely canceled due to Corona.
Prime Minister Wüst opens the CSD parade
For the first time in the nearly 30-year history of the Cologne CSD, a Prime Minister spoke there. Hendrik Wüst (CDU) said at the opening that with the parade, Cologne “sent a strong signal in favor of diversity, tolerance, against hatred and against exclusion”. Incidents such as the recent one in Oslo show that it is unfortunately still necessary to send out such signals.
A mugger shot dead two people and injured 21 outside a popular gay bar in Oslo last weekend.
Best party time with sunshine
Rainbows would fit in the sky, but that’s hardly expected. On Sunday there will be plenty of sunshine and harmless clouds. Between 25 and 28 degrees it usually stays dry.
Mayor of Cologne condemns violence and hostility towards homosexuals
Henriette Reker, Mayor of Cologne, at the start of the CSD
Image: dpa / Federico Gambarini
The mayor of Cologne, Henriette Reker (non-party), had strongly condemned the violence and hostilities against homosexuals during the opening on Friday. “Whether in Oslo or Istanbul – homophobia and transphobia are unacceptable – never and nowhere,” Reker said.
The message of acceptance and appreciation is expected to come out of Cologne this weekend. “With one of the biggest Pride events in Europe, we focus on diversity as a strength and an opportunity for our society.”
One joy, the other pain
Motorists should Cologne continue to expect closures. Many roads will be closed from Saturday. The city center, the old town, Deutz and the Deutzer Bridge are particularly affected.
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There may also be closures and delays on KVB lines 1, 7 and 9. KVB runs according to the Sunday timetable. However, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. they increase train traffic every 15 minutes between Junkersdorf and Deutz town hall on the route of line 1. More trains run between Niehl and Messe-Osthallen, the KVB has fixed one especially for the standing lines game that day.
Police step up security
For the weekend, the police have increased the number of officers. The context is the Oslo bombing last week. Two people were killed there in front of a bar frequented by homosexuals.