TENS of thousands of people took part in Cologne’s annual gay pride parade yesterday, with many paying tribute to the victims of the attack on a Florida gay nightclub last month.
Some held placards with the words “We Are Orlando” while 49 rainbow flags were hung at half-mast to symbolise those killed in the attack.
The Christopher Street Day parade is one of the biggest LGBT events in Germany and was first held 25 years ago to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York.
Thousands of people marched through Paris on Saturday in their own gay pride parade, many wearing black armbands to pay tribute to the Orlando victims.
The march took place under strict police security and was joined by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay.
A similar LGBT mobilisation took place in the Spanish capital Madrid, where thousands defied high temperatures and security concerns to march.