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    World Aids Day 2013 Berlin


    Berlin is known for being a city active in HIV prevention. On the eve of World Aids Day, this event was commemorated with a traditional candlelight procession along the festively decorated Kurfürstendamm in downtown West Berlin, brightly lighted for the holiday season. Marchers solemmly walked from the facilities of the Berliner Aids Hilfe (BAH) to the main plaza at Wittenbergplatz. Many carried white balloons and red candles in honor of those who have died. At the plaza, the marchers placed their candles on the ground and arranged them in the shapes of the red ribbon. After a short speech, the participants released their balloons in the air, and were then served hot glühwein...that delicious, spicy wine punch that you will find in every German Christmas market. The next day, the city metro system, known as the Berlin S-Bahn organized specially decorated trains that run to and from the Ostbahnhof station in the East to the Westkreuz station in the West. The purpose was to collect donations for the BAH as well as disseminate flyers and other information on aids prevention. The staff of the BAH and well-known celebrities in local politics, film and television volunteered their time to work for this fund raising event. The reigning Miss and Mr Berlin 2014, accompanied by other pageant winners, also graced this occassion with their presence. As token of appreciation, the employees of the S-Bahn served passengers who donated with glühwein, coffee and pastries during the train event which lasted for several hours.

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