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In pics: Thousands dance through Berlin to promote gay and lesbian rights

Tens of thousands of people marched through Berlin for the annual Gay Pride parade, just weeks after Germany’s parliament legalised same-sex marriage.

world Updated: Jul 23, 2017 09:26 IST
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Revellers take part in the annual Gay Pride parade, also called Christopher Street Day parade (CSD), in Berlin, Germany July 22.
Revellers take part in the annual Gay Pride parade, also called Christopher Street Day parade (CSD), in Berlin, Germany July 22.(REUTERS)

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.

A participant waves a rainbow-coloured flag at the Christopher Street Day parade in Berlin on July 22, 2017. (AP Photo)
Costumed participants take part in the Christopher Street Day parade in Berlin on July 22. In background the Victory Column. (AP Photo)
Participants wear "Stop transphobia" stickers during Berlin's annual Christopher Street Day (CSD) gay pride parade on July 22. (AFP Photo)

Music blared out from trucks as people wearing multicoloured 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), in Berlin. (REUTERS)
A participant at the annual Gay Pride parade in Berlin. (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.

Gays and lesbians all around the world are celebrating the Christopher Street Day (CSD) gay and lesbian pride parade. (REUTERS)
A participant holds up a placard featuring a likeness of Russian President Vladimir Putin with make-up during Berlin's annual Christopher Street Day (CSD) gay pride parade on July 22. (AFP Photo)

“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.

A participant wears an elaborate headpiece while standing on a float during Berlin's annual Christopher Street Day (CSD) gay pride parade on July 22. (AFP Photo)
Participants ride in a "Love is Love" float during Berlin's annual Christopher Street Day (CSD) gay pride parade on July 22. (AFP Photo)

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.