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“Street Parade” brings Techno, Freedom, Love & Tolerance to the streets of Zurich
Suppose the beauty, the culture, and the rich history of Switzerland are not enough to make you visit this country. In that case, hopefully, a Techno music festival organized in the name of "Freedom, love, and tolerance" will be.
Ever since the end of the Love Parade in 2010, the Zurich-based Street Parade has been the most attended Techno music parade in the world. The parade is attended by up to one million people every year, making it the largest annual event in the Swiss capital. This colorful and peaceful outdoor music festival takes place along the side of the gorgeous Lake Zurich on the second Saturday of August. The location provides a breathtaking view of the Swiss mountains as a backdrop that leaves anyone in the audience in awe.
The idea of the Street Parade was born in June 1992, when mathematics student Marek Krynski got inspired by a television report on the Berlin Love Parade. Soon after, he asked the city police authorities for authorization to organize a demonstration supporting love, peace, freedom, generosity, and tolerance. For that matter, he traveled to Berlin, where he learned the ropes at the Love Parade. He came back home with tons of enthusiasm and inspiration, ready to start his own thing.
However, just like any other beginning, the beginning of this event was not easy either. The first Street Parade event faced difficulties, even though Marek's ambition was as big as the scale of the event. And it was massive! Sadly, some of the Love Mobilists couldn't follow Marek's lead, so in the end, Viola She-DJ was the only Love Mobile that showed up for the first Street Parade.
The first event happened on September 5, 1992, and welcomed 1000 people. It may not sound like a significant number today, but it was a sign of a huge success back then. At the end of the parade, the rave moved to the SRO ball-bearing factory with Arnold Meyer's "Energy" mega-party.
Since 1996, Street Parade has been organized by the Verein Street Parade (Street Parade Association). However, today, even though it has all the characteristics of a big music festival, Street Parade is still legally a political demonstration, meaning the organization is free of security costs.
Demonstration for freedom, love, and tolerance
"The Street Parade is a dance demonstration in favor of love, peace, freedom, and tolerance. With the motto "Colours Of Unity," the organizers want to draw attention to the fact that a picture can only be colorful if a wide variety of colors are permitted and can unfold their effect together," the parade's official website reads.
Street Parade's motto and approach turn Zurich into a unique Techno music capital once a year, which exists to unite the different colors of society, representing the different origins, education, views, races, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, or backgrounds of the visitors as well as the diversity of species in general. Street Parade aims to build a stronger bond between the hundreds of thousands of happy people attending this peaceful celebration of music.
After being canceled for two years in a row due to the pandemic, Street Parade returns this summer, bringing love, color, and music to the city of Zurich on August 13.
This year's event will welcome hundreds of thousands of attendees on the streets of the capital of Switzerland. It will offer an unforgettable rave atmosphere with 30 brightly decorated Love Mobiles, hundreds of DJs, and eight stages around the Lake Zurich basin, including the Opéra Stage (Mainstage), Center Stage, Swiss Innovation Stage, Clubbing Stage, Rakete Stage, Opening Truck, Hardstyle Truck and Generations Stage.
Once the parade ends, the attendees can continue the party at various clubs, but the Roten Fabrik is where the legendary "Lethargy" party is celebrated.
Among the Techno names that performed at the last Street Parade in 2019 are Dubfire, Pan Pot, Patrick Topping, Nastia, Len Faki, Rødhåd, Paco Osuna, John Digweed, Amelie Lens, De La Swing, Steve Lawler, Toni Varga, Davide Squillace, DJ Murphy, Magdalena, Bastian Bux, Andrés Campo, Tini Gessler, Britta Arnold, Dr. Motte, Khainz, Gianni Callipari, Mihigh, Anna Tur, Citizen, Ezikiel, Reto Ardour, DJ Le Roi, Benny Grauer, Le3roy, San Marco, Angie Taylor, Vanita, Dj Steven, Dario D'attis.
The lineup for the 2022 edition is yet to be announced.