Christopher Street Day in Hamburg annually attracts many visitors from all over Europe, who join to set a clear signal for acceptance, diversity and love of life.
The history of the CSD in Hamburg now goes back more than 40 years. Back then, in the summer of 1980, homo-, bi- and transsexuals took to the streets in the Hanseatic city for the first time on a large scale for their rights. Their demand, which was both simple and courageous: equal rights and tolerance for all, whether lesbian, gay or heterosexual. To this day, the CSD makes clear demands on politicians year after year. These include full legal equality for same-sex partnerships and a reform of the existing law on transsexuals.
Popular public festival with imaginative costumes and lots of show
In Hamburg, CSD has long since developed into a popular folk festival that attracts more visitors to the Elbe every year - including heterosexuals. In the meantime, around 100,000 visitors from all over Europe come to the CSD parade every year, setting an example of acceptance, diversity and zest for life. For three hours almost 40 groups, cars and trucks parade from the Lange Reihe (St. Georg) to the Jungfernstieg (old town). Different politicians lead the parade every year. Also part of the parade: imaginative costumes, hot beats and lots of show. The spectrum of the festival ranges from pop, electro, hits and rock to indie. A central part of the parade is also an approximately half-hour rally in the city, where the demands of the participants are read out clearly audible. For some years now, the Jungfernstieg and Ballindamm have also been firmly in the hands of homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals during the CSD weekend.