Christopher Street Day in Hamburg annually attracts around 100,000 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 goes back over 30 years. At that time, in the summer of 1980, homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals took to the streets for the first time on a grand scale to fight for their rights.
Equality and tolerance for all
Their demand is both simple and courageous: equal rights and tolerance for all, whether lesbian, gay or hetero. To this day, the CSD makes clear demands on politicians year after year. These include the complete legal equality of same-sex partnerships and a reform of the existing transsexual law.
This year the CSDs motto is "basically the same - for a better constitution". It calls for Article 3 of the Basic Law "No one may be disadvantaged or preferred because of their sex, their descent, their race, their language, their homeland and origin, their faith, their religious or political views. No one shall be disadvantaged because of their disability" to be extended by sexual orientation and gender identity. Stefan Mielchen, First Chairman of Hamburg Pride e.V., says that this demand was expressed ten years ago and that nothing has happened since then: "It is high time that our constitution is adapted to social reality and that protection against discrimination is extended."
Popular street festival with imaginative costumes and lots of shows
In Hamburg, CSD has long since developed into a popular folk festival that attracts more visitors to the Elbe every year - including heterosexuals. By now, around 100,000 visitors from all over Europe come to the CSD Parade every year, setting an example for acceptance, diversity and joie de vivre. For three hours, almost 40 groups, cars and trucks will move from the Lange Reihe (St. Georg) to the Jungfernstieg (Old Town). Various politicians lead the parade every year. Also present: imaginative costumes, hot beats and lots of show. The spectrum of the festival ranges from pop, electro, pop and rock to indie. A central part of the parade is also a half hour rally in City, where the demands of the participants are read out audibly. For several years now, Jungfernstieg and Ballindamm have been firmly in the hands of homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals on the CSD weekend.
Hamburg Pride 2019 - The most important dates
- 27.07. to 04.08. Pride Week
- 27.07. Pride Night: Official CSD Opening Ceremony
- 28.07. to 01.08. Pride House
- 26.07. Pride Ahoi: The Ship Parade
- 01.08. Rainbow day
- 02. to 04.08. CSD street fair
- 02.08. Electro Pride
- 03.08. Demonstration