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Thousands celebrate Cologne's Christopher Street Day pride parade

Thousands celebrate Cologne's Christopher Street Day pride parade

<p>Several hundred thousand people, according to German police, attended Cologne’s annual Christopher Street Day gay and lesbian pride parade on Sunday (July 9), wearing colourful and often outrageous costumes.</p> <p>Some 30,000 participants on floats, on foot and even on micro scooters, crossed the city’s Deutz bridge over the Rhine river, dancing to different types of music.</p> <p>The speaker system of an escorting police car announced “newly weds Bea and Gabi,” two women who tied the knot after Germany’s parliament voted by a wide margin to legalise same-sex marriage on June 30.</p>