The North America Office of Dusseldorf Tourism and Dusseldorf Airport announced Pink Monday, an LGBTQ outdoor event at Dusseldorf’s “Biggest Fun Fair on the Rhine.” About 4 million visitors attend the annual German outdoor summer festival in Düsseldorf every summer. On the first Monday of the 10-day event, “Pink Monday,” the beer tent “Schwarzwald Christel” (Black Forest Christel) becomes a meeting point for 50,000 gays and lesbians who join the fair. Pink Monday has been a tradition at the fair for more than 20 years, and it’s one of Germany’s largest outdoor LGBTQ events.
The German summer festival is complete with traditional beer tents, modern rides, live bands, rustic food and candy stands. The fair takes place from July 11 to July 20 with the LGBTQ event, Pink Monday taking place on July 14.
The fair has occurred for about 500 years with Pink Monday happening for more than 20 years. Vendors decorate both booths and rides in pink and rainbows, with people dressing in bright colors across the fair.
The 10-day fair ties together tradition and modern entertainment. At the start of the event, 3,000 uniformed marksmen on horseback and foot, marching bands and other traditional teams make their way through Düsseldorf’s streets in what is one of Germany’s largest parades and kick-offs for the fair.