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Cologne's Pride Parade attracts more than 1 million people in Germany

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Cologne, Germany (AP) — Approximately 1 million people attended a pride parade in the western German city of Cologne on Sunday or to see a colorful festival.

About 180 LGBTQ groups and music floats participated in a parade through the city center — more than ever, reported by the German press dpa. According to the organizers, about 1.2 million visitors attended the celebration and police estimated about 1 million spectators. In the

parade, Cologne sends "a strong signal to diversity, forgiveness, hatred and exclusion." , To participate in the city parade in the history of about 30 years, dpa reported.

Cologne has one of the largest LGBTQ communities in the country.

"Everywhere in the world, unfortunately in Germany, there are radicals who don't want to give us freedom," said the German government commissioner to embrace sexual and sexual diversity. One Sven Lehmann said. .. "The strong signal from Cologne is that they will never deprive them of this freedom."