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Thousands Dance Through Berlin Streets to Promote Gay and Lesbian Rights

The annual parade comes weeks after Germany's parliament backed the legalisation of same-sex marriage in a historic vote.

Reuters

Updated:July 22, 2017, 9:41 PM IST
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Thousands Dance Through Berlin Streets to Promote Gay and Lesbian Rights
Revellers take part in the annual Gay Pride parade, also called Christopher Street Day parade (CSD), in Berlin. (REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)
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Berlin: Thousands of revellers danced through the streets of Berlin on Saturday, many of them waving rainbow-coloured flags, as they promoted lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in a Christopher Street Day parade.

Music blared out from trucks as people wearing multi-coloured flowers round their necks, bright bows in their hair and costumes including a wedding dress, a candelabra and a Donald Trump mask made their way through the city.

Revellers take part in the annual Gay Pride parade, also called Christopher Street Day parade (CSD), during heavy rain in Berlin

Revellers take part in the annual Gay Pride parade, also called Christopher Street Day parade (CSD), in Berlin
People dance in the streets to promote LGBT rights in a Christopher Street Day parade. (Photo: Reuters)

The annual parade comes several weeks after Germany's parliament backed the legalisation of same-sex marriage in a historic vote, bringing the country into line with many other European nations including France, Britain and Spain.

"Same sex marriage is a step in the right direction but there is still a lot to do," said Samuel Monars-Bellmont, one of the revellers.

Christopher Street Day commemorates the riots that broke out in New York in 1969 after police raided a gay bar -- an event seen as a turning point for the gay rights movement. It has been celebrated in Germany since 1979.
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