Shortly after Potsdamer Platz there is no stopping him. Bass pounding, asses shaking, drag queens kissing, hundreds of thousands on the streets – Berlin is celebrating Christopher Street Day and a bit of itself too: weird, shrill, anarchic.

Kai Wegner shouldn’t be missing – thinks Kai Wegner.

The Governing Mayor jumps off one of the big party wagons, followed by the bodyguards. Seek proximity, find proximity. Selfies, shaking hands and: “I’m glad you’re here.” Wegner, 50, now casually dressed in jeans and white sneakers, dances to the techno rhythms pounding out of the speakers, and he hands out dozens of rainbow-colored paper fans to the revelers. He seems very happy now.

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