Gay Games 2010 takes part in Cologne Rose Monday parade

22 February, 2010

Photo: Barbara Strewinski
Cologne went crazy this past Monday with the high point of the 2009/2010 Street Carnival season: The Rosenmontag (Rose Monday) Parade wound its way through the city center with over 11,000 participants. Cold and snowy weather did not stop the Cologners from dressing up in colorful costumes and pulling fantastic floats through the city.

Of course the thousands of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders in Cologne are a big part of the city-wide celebration. Whether swaying and singing on the sidelines as spectators or throwing candy and flowers to the crowds from the beautifully-decorated floats, the gay community of Cologne is not excluded from the carnival.

In particular this year, one parade float was decorated with the banner of VIII Gay Games Cologne 2010. Cologne announced to the world that it is a cosmopolitan and important sports and cultural city, with the Cologne Gay Games occurring from July 31 through August 7, as one of the highlights of the year. Everyone in Cologne has given the Cologne Gay Games the traditional city salute: �K�lle Alaaf, K�lle Alaaf, K�lle Alaaf�!

The Gay Games VIII Cologne 2010 is taking place from July 31st. until August 7th. 35 sports competitions and five cultural events and an expected 12,000 participants, make it simular in size of the Olympic Games. 34,000 visitors will join in celebrating the opening ceromony on July 31st 2010.

The VIII Gay Games Cologne is a quadrenial sports and cultural event which is based on participation, integration and the achievment of personal records. At the same time it fights against discrimination toward Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders. – Issued by Gay Games

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