Berlin Love Parade - visitors guide
Berlin Love Parade
Berlin Love Parade was first hosted in the year 1989 and has been the inspiration for other popular love parades like the parade in Sydney, San Francisco, Acapulco, Geneva, Rio de Janeiro and Cape Town. The Love Parade originated in Berlin and was held annually from 1989 to 2003 before then restarting in 2006.
The parade is arguably one of the biggest dance events in the world. It started off as a sort of political movement by the Berlin Underground, and the first ever Love Parade was held four months before the breaking of the Berlin wall. The parade is said to have reached its peak in 1999 when over a million people participated in this celebration of hedonism and love. With the new millennium however, the decline of dance music in Germany meant that only around 700,000 participants were seen on the streets of Berlin. As a result the parade was cancelled in 2004 and 2005.
Although once written off as a dead event, the Love Parade saw a resurrection in the year 2006. The event was hosted with the title “The Love is back.” The Berlin Love Parade of 2006 was a great success and was highly supported by McFit, a German exercise studio. In 2007 and 2008 the location of the event was shifted from Berlin and was scheduled to be held in the Ruhr Area in Essen and Dortmund in 2007 and 2008.
In 2009, the event was scheduled to be held in Bochum, but was later cancelled. However, the crowds in Berlin are gearing up for the 2010 edition of this famous parade which is to take place in Duisburg.
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Extra travel ideas: One of the most lively areas in Berlin is Mitte.
- Berlin's Tempelhof-Schöneberg is also worth considering if you are looking for a place to stay in the city.