At the Christopher Street Day Parade 2019 in Cologne, as in previous years, we were in action with one of our VIP customers. A great event with great people and great atmosphere. The CSD demo, as the parade is officially called, is the biggest CSD demonstration in Europe. It traditionally starts on Sunday and is the crowning highlight of the Cologne Pride Weeks, during which the city becomes the colourful meeting point for people of all sexual orientations.

In size and effort, it is comparable to the Cologne carnival procession, which takes the whole day to set up and move. It is protected by the Cologne police, who provide maximum professional work at such an event.

For the CSD Parade Day, our customers booked a bodyguard to accompany them during the hustle and bustle of the event in the city centre of Cologne. Unfortunately, large events like these nowadays offer a target for perpetrators with different motivations. The motivational situations, as different as they may be, all have one and the same goal: to create the greatest possible damage for the public.

Accordingly, the focus of the protector was not only on the direct accompaniment of the person to be protected within the parade, but also on using as few frequented routes as possible during further movement through the city centre of Cologne. Alternative routes were thought through and an evacuation point was determined. In addition, the bodyguard carried medical equipment for emergency care with him. The operation went smoothly and all participants had a great day at this event.

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Ivo Schendel

Ivo Schendel

I am a close protection specialist with more than 10 years of experience in a special unit of the NRW state police. Since 2016 I am the owner and managing director of RH Security.