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