“ Berlin's annual techno music extravaganza, the Love Parade. Berlin's Love Parade, now in its twelfth year, moves through the Tiergarten park accompanied by loud techno music and scantily clad dancers and ends at the Brandenburg Gate, where revellers celeb „
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Well where do I start this is possibly one of the biggest spectacles on the dance/techno/festival calendar in the World. The Berlin love parade is a must visit event even if you are not in to your dance music. The Love Parade began life as something of a political movement way back in the summer of 89, and four months before the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was organised on the initiative of Matthias Roeingh, aka "Dr. Motte", a DJ of the Berlin underground scene who wanted to use the international language of music as a medium for spreading peace and love, and promoting world unity. Originally the parade was started with only 300 people in attendance and one float. I went to the Berlin Love parade back in September of 2006 and I must say it blew my mind away. The event is held on the street running up to the historic brandeburg gate which is about 2 - 3 miles long. Up to 250 floats blast out dance/techno music which is what Germany and especially Berlin is famous for, the floats basically go up and down the street with followers following each float or just dancing as the floats pass. Even Radio One of the UK has had a float at the event in past years. The year I went the attendance was estimated at about 1.2 million and this is not the most that have been, estimates of nearer 2 million attended in previous years. Sadly the love parade has struggled over the last couple of years as it used to get government funding but as it was so popular it was designated a commercial event so needed to get private funding which has proved hard. Thankfully the event does still happen but it seems to be every couple of years. The brand seems to have turned into a franchise with events happening all over the world in the past such as in cities like Zurich, San Francisco, Mexico City, Acapulco, Geneva, Vienna, Cape Town, Tel Aviv, Leeds, Sydney, Santiago, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro, Oslo, Budapest. If you are a dance lover or just want to see something special and huge, why not try it out, Berlin is only a short flight away and these events pop up every couple of years.
I'm really surprised that no one has written any opinions on the Berlin Love Parade. It's amazing! You'll love it. Forget your Cream and Gatecrasher where you have to fit into some sort of underground cultural box in order to get in and plan a trip to Berlin next time the Parade is on. All you need is a brightly coloured T Shirt, a pair of shorts (it gets warm) a backpack full of booze and your away. What's more it's totally free. I was lucky enough to know someone that lived about two minutes walk from the main street near the GroBer Garten. This meant I was on the street before any of the crowds showed up. I've never seen so many people gradually filter onto one street before. According to TV coverage, there were 1.5 million people around the Seige Saule! It sounds over powering and from the air it looks overpowering. But when you're actually standing there on the streets you not only have enough room to walk but also to dance the day and night away. Whistles and sunglasses. These are a must. Annoying after a while but a must none the less. If dancing around to the music pumping out of the floats isn't enough then whistling along as if you're some raved up happy child will fulfil the dream (whatever that might be). Taking drugs is also an option if you really want to feel the beat. Before the whole thing kicks off there is a buzz in the air that I have never felt before. It's a buzz of expectation and excitement. You know everybody is there for the same reasons as you, to party! Even with riotous numbers of people, aggression is kept to an absolute minimum and as the sun glares down and the music starts, everyone from many different nationalities forget about work, their problems, and their worries and just dance. Like the immortal words in that song sunscreen: Dance. That's all there is to it. Take in the energy and vibr ancy and just e.n.j.o.y.