Five facts about Germany’s ‘Love Parade’


The following are five facts about Germany’s “Love Parade” festival, where at least 19 people were killed on Saturday after a stampede.

• The Love Parade has been called the world’s largest techno dance party. It started in West Berlin in 1989 just four months before the Berlin Wall collapsed as a demonstration for peace, tolerance and understanding through love and music.

• The event is now held against a backdrop of electronic dance music such as House, Trance and Techno, flamboyant outfits and energetic dance moves.

• It was held almost annually in Berlin between 1989 and 2006, attracting more than one million participants. It moved to the western German Ruhr region in 2007.

• During the 1990s it was heralded as one of Berlin’s biggest attractions after the Berlin Wall fell.

• More than one million music lovers from around the world regularly crowded into Berlin for a four-mile-long gyrating party fuelled by dance, drink and drugs.

• Internationally, similar Love Parades have taken place in Zurich, San Francisco, Mexico City, Acapulco, Vienna, Cape Town, Tel Aviv, Sydney, Santiago, Rio de Janeiro, Oslo and Budapest.