The business hub of Germany and the cultural base for the country's central regions, Frankfurt is also the second-largest city in the country, with a metro population exceeding 2.2 million (make that 5.5 million if you take in the entire Frankfurt Rhine-Main metro area). As approximately the geographical center of the European Union, Frankfurt is also strategically located for travelers exploring western and central Europe. The airport has direct flights from countless cities in North America, Asia, South America, and elsewhere. Home to the European Central Bank and widely regarded as one of the world's corporate centers, Frankfurt is perhaps less storied as a leisure travel destination, especially among LGBT travelers, than say Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, or Munich.
That said, thousands of gays and lesbians live, work, and play in this city that each July hosts the hugely attended Frankfurt Gay Pride festival, also known as Christopher Street Day Frankfurt - the dates this year are July 15 through July 17, 2016.
Because Frankfurt Pride takes place after similar events in Berlin, Munich, and Cologne, and a bit before Hamburg Pride, it attracts quite a few attendees from elsewhere in the country as well as from other cities within a four- to five-hour train or car ride, such as Strasbourg, Brussels, Amsterdam, and Prague.
Events related to Gay Pride take place throughout July and include numerous parties, rallies, and other events.
Myriad performers take to the stage during the Frankfurt Pride CSD festival. There are also cultural and political activities on Saturday and Sunday, and quite a few festive parties taking place throughout the weekend.
Most prominently, and drawing tens of thousands of spectators and participants, the CSD Frankfurt Gay Pride March takes place on Saturday, July 16, at noon, departing from the famed Old Town square Römerberg, twisting and turning north, then west, and then north again through the Frankfurt city center past Rossmarkt, Hauptwache, and the city's gay village, before turning and ending at Konstablerwache, the site of the CSD Festival. Here's a detailed map of the Frankfurt Pride Parade route.
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Frankfurt Gay Resources
The Frankfurt Office of Tourism also produces a terrific site that offers plenty of tips and assistance with vacation planning, and the German Office of Tourism's site on GLBT travel has a great section on Frankfurt and Central Germany.