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Hamburg Pride’s ten-day festival is back this weekend and it’s bigger than ever

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Christopher Street Day in Hamburg in 2012. | Photo: Wiki

Hamburg Pride is one of the largest LGBTI events in Germany, celebrating the community with a ten-day festival starting this 28 July.

Often dubbed as ‘the Venice of the North,’ the city is a popular LGBTI hub in northern Germany boasting two ‘gayborhoods’: one in St. Georg, the other in St. Pauli. It also honors the community with Pride celebrations both in summer and winter.

A barge on one of Hamburg's canals.

Hamburg has a higher number of canals than Venice and Amsterdam. | Photo: Hamburg Pride – CSD Hamburg/Facebook

Hamburg Pride parade is on 5 August

Hamburg Pride festival will culminate in the annual parade, also known as Christopher Street Day, on Sunday 5 August.

More than 150,000 people will gather to watch the over 50 floats while they make their way through the streets.

This year’s slogan is ‘Make way for gender gaga!’, which calls everybody to make a statement for acceptance and diversity while joining celebrations.

‘Have a gay day’ at Hamburg Pride! | Photo: Hamburg Pride – CSD Hamburg/Facebook

Pride Week events will take place all around town

This summer, Pride events will take place all around the city.

The clubs and bars, the town hall, and the streets of Alster and Jungfernstieg are among the venues hosting Pride events. This means that most of the street events center around the St. Georg area. There is also a central venue, the Pride House, which hosts smaller events.

2018 Pride Week begins with Pride Night, the special opening gala on 28 July, and ends with the street festival at Jungfernstieg on the following Sunday. The Pride Street festival, instead, takes place on the second weekend of the event (4-5 August).

London will have its own Hamburg Festival

Olivia Jones with Angela Merkel.

Olivia Jones will be the special guest at London’s Hamburg Festival this September. | Photo: Courtesy of Hamburg Festival

Can’t make it to Germany? Fear not as London will host its very own Hamburg Festival in September. It will be a free live music and pop-up at The Boiler House on Brick Lane, East London’s most lively hub.

Furthermore, Hamburg drag queen Olivia Jones will join. Renowned for her raucous shows in St. Pauli, she has also met Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel at the ceremony to choose the country’s new president in Berlin in 2017.

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