About 180 LGBTQ teams and music floats took half within the parade by the town centre — greater than ever earlier than, German information company dpa reported.
Organisers stated about 1.2 million guests attended the celebrations, whereas the police estimated the group at about a million.
Greater than one million folks turned out for the Satisfaction parade within the western German metropolis of Cologne on Sunday, both to take part or to observe the colorful festivities.
With the parade, Cologne is sending “a powerful sign for range, for tolerance, towards hate and towards exclusion,” stated Hendrik Wuest, the primary governor from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia to attend the town’s parade in its roughly 30-year historical past, dpa reported.
Cologne has one of many largest LGBTQ communities within the nation.
“All over the place on the earth, sadly additionally in Germany, there are extremists are at work who don’t wish to grant us our freedom,” stated Sven Lehmann, the German authorities’s commissioner for the acceptance of sexual and gender range.
“The robust sign from Cologne is: We’ll by no means allow them to take away this freedom.”