Half a million celebrate Gay Pride in Berlin

19th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

An estimated half a million people partied in the streets of Berlin on Saturday for the annual Gay Pride festival, organisers said.

More than 50 floats travelled through the streets pumping out techno music on a cool but sunny day in the German capital, celebrating the 32nd edition of "Christopher Street Day" with the theme "Normal is Different."

For the first time the parade ended at the Brandenburg Gate.

Police were unable to confirm the number of participants.

The parade commemorates events in 1969 in New York's Christopher Street when customers of Stonewall's bar -- who were mostly transvestites and young prostitutes -- rebelled against a police raid. The four days of rioting that ensued launched the movement for gay and lesbian rights.

© 2010 AFP

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