Your Guide to Munich Gay Pride 2013

6 – 14 July 2013

We’ve covered the parades in NYC, LA, San Francisco and WashingtonBarcelonaLondon, Berlin and Amsterdam and now it’s Munich’s turn.

Like Berlin, Gay Pride in Munich is known as Christopher Street Day. This harks back to the Stonewall Riots of 1969 when New York’s gay community demonstrated against discrimination. This developed into a fully fledged gay rights movement. Today’s Gay Pride sees drag queens, stilettos and feather boas everywhere, as the city now celebrates its gay and lesbian community.

For more Pride events, see our pick of the best prides around the world

The parade

At 11.30am on Saturday 13 July the celebrations kick off with a welcoming ceremony at Marienplatz. The parade starts from here at noon after the great ‘dykes on bikes’ race.

More than 40 floats proceed down the closed streets of Marienhof, Promenade Square and City Hall to the Sedlinger Jail. The parade continues the near full circle travelling through Papa-Schmid, Müller, and Cornelius road to Gärtnerplatz. Before the last leg past the Reichenbachplatz Isartor and through the valley to the Viktualienmarkt and Rosental cattle market.

The festival

There are many special club nights throughout Munich but the best has to be Munich’s Neues Rathaus, the City Hall – not only is it an incredible architectural feat from the outside but it’s also host to a massive party.

If you’re still standing on Sunday, stumble along to the High Heels Race – 10 participants battle it out to be the quickest person on heels and to outdo eachother with handbag throwing and ladder climbing.

On both days check out the outdoor stage at Rindmarkt for the best in international DJs and the Cattle Market for the open-air disco. Take the kids to the Rainbow Family Area at the Marienhof on the Saturday and they can enjoy face painting, games and kiddie entertainment.

Accommodation

Euro Youth Hostel is in the centre of Munich and offers a free buffet breakfast for all privates, a free walking tour and has a great bar serving beer and cocktails. It’s housed in one of the oldest buildings on the block but you wouldn’t know it from the luxury of the inside. Dorms start at €13.50 pppn and privates at €35 pppn.

Check out our other top gay-friendly hostels too and more hostels in Munich.

Other European Gay Pride Parades…

  • Dublin 29 June
  • Oslo 29 June
  • Paris 29 June
  • London 29 June
  • Budapest 6 July
  • Frankfurt 21 July
  • Stuttgart 27 July
  • Stockholm 3 August
  • Reykjavik 11  August

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