About Cologne Pride 2019
Each year Cologne's Gay Pride Festival, or more often known as Christopher Street Day, is set to be even bigger and better than ever before. Since its beginnings in 1991, Christopher Street Day has traditionally been held during the first weekend of July in Old Town Cologne and this year is no exception. Political and cultural events catering to the LGBT community, along with parties galore, begin on Saturday, June 22nd, and run through Sunday, July 7th. This is a special time for all gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender persons to strut their pride! Cologne is Germany's 4th largest city and considered to be the most gay friendly city in Europe. What better place to hold an LGBT celebration like no other? Past pride festivity crowds have been estimated at between 750,000 to over one million.
Official kick-off for the Pride Cologne celebrations usually takes place at 6:00pm on a Friday with a huge Street Festival that includes three stages hosting mind-blowing shows, musical acts, and world famous DJ's. The parties last well into the wee hours and beyond, definitely not for the faint of heart. Surrounding streets and squares house booths with information on the gay and lesbian lifestyles and choices, and vendors touting their wares from costumes and make-up to food and drink. Something for everyone can be found here.
One of the hottest parties in town is the Green Kom Cologne Afterparty, beginning Saturday and running in to Sunday. With the best techno sound system and tunes to be found anywhere, this place knows how to put on a party! Nowhere is gay pride more on display than here, an internationally known club and one of the most popular in Europe. Get there early so you don't miss out!
On Pride Weekends Sunday is the big highly-anticipated parade. Lineup begins around 11:30 am, then the Pride Cologne parade steps out at 12:00 noon. Beginning at the Deutz Suspension Bridge, the parade wends its way through the Old Town section of Cologne and ends at the city's main cathedral, Koln Dom. With over 120 colorfully decorated and themed floats, wild costumes, a variety of music, and approximately 100,00 participants expected, the sights, sounds, and smells of this parade combine into an unforgettable experience for participants and spectators alike.
Make your plans early to come spend a memorable weekend of fun with LGBT friends from around the world right here in Cologne, Germany.