Unlike other Pride festivities of Berlin, the “Lesbisch-schwules Stadtfest” in Schöneberg is not just a parade. It’s a whole weekend of queer partying. And unlike other queer celebrations, the Motzstraßenfest – a party, it’s also a very traditional get-together of a neighborhood. One that sometimes stands in the shadows of the much cooler, younger Berlin Kieze (i.e. Kreuzberg and Neukölln).
What I like about Schöneberg is the lack of pretentiousness. Young and old, straight or gay: an inclusive attitude makes Motzstraßenfest a great occasion to practice the typical Berliner “laissez-faire” attitude.
It gets trashy sometimes, but at least not everything is covered in glitter and gold.
Even in a liberal city like Berlin, the celebration of multiculturalism and differences is a necessary political statement.