Zurich’s Street Parade draws million partygoers

Around 950,000 techno fans turned out for the annual Street Parade in the Swiss city of Zurich, organizers said on Saturday.

Zurich's Street Parade draws million partygoers
Photo: AFP/File

Thirty "lovemobiles" carrying sound systems and costumed dancers wound their way along the 2.4-kilometre (1.5-mile) route along the shore of Lake Zurich in the heart of the Swiss metropolis.
Hundreds of thousands of revellers flocked from across Europe to dance to high-decibel beats or simply watch the parade go by in the sunshine.
In addition to the lovemobiles, the Street Parade organizers set up six dance podiums along the route where more than 20 Swiss and international DJs performed for the crowd.
After the nine-hour parade wrapped up at around 10pm, revellers headed to scores of clubs across the city.
Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) organized 100 special trains to ferry partygoers to and from Zurich throughout the day and night.
The Street Parade normally takes place on the second weekend of August, but was moved forward this year because of a clash with the upcoming European athletics championships in Zurich.
The first edition, in 1992, drew around 1,000 ravers and just two lovemobiles.

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Close to a million attend Zurich’s biggest street party

Some 900,000 people attended this year’s Street Parade, the city’s biggest party and one of the world’s largest techno music events.

Close to a million attend Zurich’s biggest street party
Photo: Street Parade
Held annually in the city since 1992, the Zurich Street Parade aims to promote peace, love, liberty and tolerance, embodied this year in the theme ‘Love never ends’.
Revellers gathered along the two-kilometre parade route by the river Limmat in the city centre to watch the 25 ‘lovemobiles’ pass by, pumping music and peopled with costumed dancers. 
Eight permanent stages added to the atmosphere until the event officially closed around midnight, though after-parties continued into the night. 
Though the event was largely peaceful, skirmishes broke out later in the evening and the early hours of Sunday morning, police said
Overall 130 people were arrested for various offences including drug use and trafficking, violence and threats against authorities, theft, sexual harassment and counterfeiting money.
Those arrested were aged between 15 and 49 and of 25 different nationalities. 
Most of the offences were related to excessive alcohol consumption and/or drug use, police added.
Among those arrested were 35 drug traffickers. Police seized 570 ecstasy tablets, 110g of cannabis, 85g of cocaine and 10g of Mdma.
Two men were hospitalized after a fight on Bahnhofstrasse at around 9.15pm. 
And a 24-year-old Swiss was badly injured in an incident at St Anna-Gasse just before 1am on Sunday morning. 
The offenders are unknown, said police, who are seeking witnesses to the incident. 
However overall the number of people treated by medical personnel during the festival was lower than last year – 526 this year compared with 690 in 2016.