Berlin gay pride parade growing

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25 June 2007, Berlin (dpa) - Hundreds of thousands of people braved torrential downpours over the on Saturday to take part in the German capital's annual gay and lesbian parade. Accompanied by pounding disco music, about 60 floats took part in the Christopher Street Day parade from the Kurfuerstendamm boulevard to the central Victory Column in the Tiergarten park. Organizers said 400,000 people joined in the carnival-like procession, which this year was directed against discrimination against the gay commu

25 June 2007

Berlin (dpa) - Hundreds of thousands of people braved torrential downpours over the on Saturday to take part in the German capital's annual gay and lesbian parade.

Accompanied by pounding disco music, about 60 floats took part in the Christopher Street Day parade from the Kurfuerstendamm boulevard to the central Victory Column in the Tiergarten park.

Organizers said 400,000 people joined in the carnival-like procession, which this year was directed against discrimination against the gay community at the workplace and in schools.

Many of the participants were clad in fancy dress or wore scanty costumes, despite the inclement weather and relatively cool temperatures.

At the head of the parade was former agriculture minister Renate Kuenast, who is currently floor leader of the opposition Greens party in the federal parliament in Berlin.

Berlin has one of Europe's biggest gay communities. The city's gay mayor, Klaus Wowereit, opened the rally and was scheduled to deliver a speech at its close in the evening.

Christopher Street Day is held annually in Berlin and other German cities to mark the police assaults that took place against the homosexual community in New York's Christopher Street in Greenwich Village in June 1969.

DPA

Subject: German news

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