Yet Again, the Biggest One: The Berlin Pride in Photos

On July 23, a pride parade was held in Berlin – the largest one in the last two years. More than 150,000 people took part in the march, which started at noon at the Spittelmarkt square in the Mitte district and ended nearby the Brandenburg Gate. Here is how it all went.

The Berlin Pride Parade has been held since the late 70s, it takes place once a year. It is deemed the largest in Europe, but two years ago, due to the pandemic, the city authorities imposed restrictions on its participants: they had to wear masks and weren’t allowed to drink alcohol. The event decreased in scale. Last year, 65,000 people participated; now, when the restrictions have been lifted, there are over 100,000.

A rainbow flag was raised over the Bundestag for the first time, honouring the Pride. It was also placed on the Ibn Rushd-Goethe building, the first “liberal mosque” in Germany, which enables men and women to pray together and welcomes religious people from the LGBTQI+ community.

Among other things, the Pride participants demanded to investigate all crimes against the LGBTQI+ community, and to increase diversity in the workplace. Ukrainian activists, representatives of the Kyiv Pride and Kharkiv Pride organizations also joined the march — they rallied against the full-scale war in Ukraine.

Photos: Viktoria Temnova, exclusively for Bird in Flight

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