Friedrichstadt-Palast: Raising The Rainbow Flag

PHOTO: Harald Fuhr

On Friday afternoon, I had the pleasure of being invited to the raising of the rainbow flag at Friedrichstadt-Palast in Mitte. The event celebrates the launch of Pride Week in Berlin and has become an annual tradition at the Palast.

Friedrichstadt-Palast has been committed to promoting tolerance and fighting homophobia for a number of years now and this is a truly fun and fabulous way to show it.

With the temperature hitting 27 degrees, it was not a leather- or heavy make-up-friendly day, but Jurassica Parka, Margot Schlönzke and Amanda Cox, among other striking drag queens, were not to be deterred.

The bright colours of the rainbow flag, gently blowing in the warm breeze, were only overshadowed by the glitzy costumes and vampish make-up of the ladies as they strutted their stuff and posed for photos by the flagpole.

The occasion was designed to be a light-hearted and colourful alternative to the official opening of Pride Week by the Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller.

They certainly achieved what they set out to do.

And, of course, in true Berlin fashion, the ladies produced a bottle of Sekt at the end of the photo call and the street drinking began.

I love this city.

By Linda O'Grady
Linda works as an English teacher, writer and editor, and has been living in Berlin since September 2014. She also shares some of her more irreverent thoughts on life as an Irishwoman living in Germany in her blog - Expat Eye on Germany.

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