1 mil. take part in Swiss techno Street Pa­rade: or­ga­niz­ers

The China Post - - ARTS -

Around 1 mil­lion peo­ple thronged the streets of a sun- drenched Zurich Satur­day to take part in the Swiss city’s an­nual techno Street Pa­rade, or­ga­niz­ers said.

Fans from across Europe be­gan gath­er­ing around 1100 GMT, be­fore danc­ing through the heart of Switzer­land’s fi­nan­cial cap­i­tal to the high-deci­bel elec­tronic beats blar­ing from 26 floats, known as “love­mo­biles.”

With the sun glar­ing and the mer­cury ris­ing to 30 de­grees Cel­sius by early af­ter­noon, par­tic­i­pants were urged to stay hy­drated, and busi­ness was re­port­edly boom­ing at the con­ces­sion stands lin­ing the pul­sat­ing streets.

In ad­di­tion to the love­mo­biles, six dance podi­ums were erected along the route where more than 20 Swiss and in­ter­na­tional DJs per­formed for the crowds.

Switzer­land’s na­tional rail­way com­pany or­ga­nized 100 spe­cial trains to ferry par­ty­go­ers to and from Zurich through­out the day and night.

City po­lice, who de­ployed 500 of­fi­cers to guard the event, told AFP there had been no ma­jor prob­lems through­out the day.

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