Europride draws 360,000 to Germany

June 11, 2004

A participant of the Europride Parade
Photo - AFP
HAMBURG Germany — One of the biggest homosexual and lesbian gatherings in the world, Europride, held annually in European cities and due to wrap up here on Sunday, has so far drawn 360,000 people from across Europe this year, organisers said.

A parade traditionally considered the highlight of the 10-day festival on Saturday saw participants don outlandish costumes and included trucks converted into mobile discos decorated with giant condoms.

The parade for this 11th Europride in the northern German city of Hamburg took the theme of 'Love breaks barriers'. One of the sponsors of the event was a local mayor who is openly gay.

Europride last year was held in the northern English city of Manchester and next year will take place in Oslo, Norway. – Sapa-AFP

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