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Love Parade

Love Parade
Genre Electronic dance music festival and parade
Location(s) Various locations in Germany
Years active 1989–2003; 2006–2008; 2010
Founded July 1989, West Berlin, Germany
Most recent 2010

The Love Parade (German: Loveparade) was a popular electronic dance music festival and parade that originated in 1989 in West Berlin, Germany.[1] It was held annually in Germany 1989-2003 in Berlin, then again in 2006 in Berlin and from 2007 to 2010 in the Ruhr region. The 2004 and 2005 events scheduled in Berlin and the 2009 event scheduled in Bochum [2] were cancelled.

On 24 July 2010, a

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  • Wolfgang Sterneck: Love, Party and Profit - The History of the Love Parade.
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External links

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r John Borneman & Stefan Senders, "Politics without a Head: Is the "Love Parade" a New Form of Political Identification?" Cultural Anthropology J5(2) 294-31, American Anthropological Association. 2000
  2. ^ "Loveparade 2009 Fällt Komplett Aus".  
  3. ^ "Love Parade report blames organisers for stampede – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
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  5. ^ Mara, Darren; Levitz, David (25 July 2010)."Prosecutors Launch Investigation into Love Parade Tragedy — German State Prosecutors Have Opened an Investigation into the Stampede that Killed 19 People and Injured Hundreds at the Love Parade Music Festival in Duisburg — But Questions Remain as to What Caused the Tragedy". The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse (via Deutsche Welle). Retrieved 27 July 2010.
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  7. ^ Volmerich, Oliver (21 July 2008). "Feucht, fröhlich, friedlich".  , in German language
  8. ^ a b Connolly, Kate (25 July 2010). "Prosecutors Investigate 'Ignored' Safety Warnings after 19 Die in Love Parade Crush — Organisers Allowed Just One Entrance to Music Festival Grounds for Expected Crowd of 1.4 Million, Witnesses Say". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 July 2010.
  9. ^ visited 25 July 2010.
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  11. ^ Anon (21 July 2008). "Friedliche Party". Ruhr Nachrichten, Loveparade 2008 Dortmund. pp. LPDO1. , in German
  12. ^ "Love Parade Tragedy: No Resignations, Just Unanswered Questions – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International". 24 July 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  13. ^ "Jetzt 21 Tote durch Loveparade-Katastrophe – Deutschland & Welt – Rhein-Zeitung". Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  14. ^ "Tyne – Love Parade". BBC. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  15. ^ Florian Mayer, "Origins, Commodification, and Significance of Berlin's Love Parade" GRIN Verlag, 2007. ISBN 978-3638815796
  16. ^ "Lovevolution - A Dance Music Parade And Festival". 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  17. ^ "Lovevolution - A Dance Music Parade And Festival". 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  18. ^ "Alle Loveparade-Besucherzahlen gefäscht". 2010-07-29. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
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See also

The "Participants" figure is the estimate given by the organizers. Police estimates have been as much as 30% lower. The numbers of the Ruhr Love Parades have probably been tripled.[18] Accurate counts are not available since entry is free and uncontrolled. The mayor of Dortmund and the police confirmed the number of participants in Dortmund.[19][20][21]

Year Location Motto Participants
1989 Berlin Friede, Freude, Eierkuchen
(Eng.) Peace, Joy, Pancakes[1]
1990 Berlin The Future Is Ours[1] 2,000
1991 Berlin My House Is Your House And Your House Is Mine[1] 6,000
1992 Berlin The Spirit Makes You Move[1] 15,000
1993 Berlin The Worldwide Party People Weekend[1] 31,000
1994 Berlin Love 2 Love[1] 110,000
1995 Berlin Peace on Earth[1] 280,000
1996 Berlin We Are One Family[1] 750,000
1997 Berlin Let the Sunshine In Your Heart[1] 1,000,000
1997 Sydney
1998 Berlin One World One Future 800,000
1999 Berlin Music Is The Key 1,500,000
1999 Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires Energy Parade)Amor,Paz y Dance parte 1(Love,Peace and Dance part one) 450,000
2000 Berlin One World One Loveparade 1,300,000
2000 Leeds Radio One – One Love 300,000
2000 Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires Energy Parade)Amor,Paz y Dance parte 2(Love,Peace and Dance part two) 750,000
2001 Berlin Join The Love Republic 800,000
2001 Newcastle upon Tyne (cancelled)
2002 Berlin Access Peace 750,000
2002 Mexico City
2003 Berlin Love Rules 750,000
2004 San Francisco
2005 San Francisco
2005 Santiago Sal a la calle y baila (eng. Get out there and dance) 100,000
2006 Berlin The Love is Back 1,200,000
2006 San Francisco (as LoveFest)
2006 Santiago El Baile es de Todos 200,000
2007 Essen Love is everywhere 1,200,000
2007 Caracas Live the Love! 80,000
2007 San Francisco as LoveFest 89,000
2008 Dortmund Highway to love 1,600,000
2008 Rotterdam Olympic Edition 500,000
2008 San Francisco as LoveFest[16] 120,000
2008 Caracas Keep the Love Alive!
2009 Bochum (cancelled)
2009 San Francisco as LovEvolution[17] 150,000
2010 Duisburg The Art of Love 1,400,000

List of Love Parades

Year Artist Title
1997 Dr. Motte and WestBam Sunshine
1998 Dr. Motte and WestBam One World One Future
1999 Dr. Motte and WestBam Music Is the Key
2000 Dr. Motte and WestBam One World One Loveparade
2001 The Love Committee You Can't Stop Us
2002 The Love Committee Access Peace
2003 The Love Committee Love Rules
2006 WestBam & the Love Committee United States of Love
2007 WestBam & the Love Committee Love Is Everywhere (New Location)
2008 WestBam & the Love Committee Highway to Love
2010 Anthony Rother The Art of Love
. anthemEvery German parade has had its own


The Love Parade was initially held as a "political demonstration" to save costs; however it is organized by two companies set up just for the Love Parade.[1] Due to this there was a dispute between the organizers and the city of Berlin every year about the status of the Love Parade and who should bear what costs.[1] Finally in 2001, the courts ruled that the Love Parade had to be held as commercial event.[15]

[1] Under

Legal issues

Internationally, spin-off Love Parades have taken place in:

After being held in the North-American Continent for the first time in Mexico (2002), in the fall of 2004, the Love Parade was held in San Francisco. They had held their inaugural Parade in September 2004 with 37,000 attending. The parade was held again in San Francisco in September 2005 as a rousing success drawing over 50–60,000 people. In 2006, the parade was held on 23 September and was renamed Love Fest because the Loveparade Berlin organization did not renew any of their worldwide licenses not already under contract so they could focus on their own event. 2009 was the biggest success of LOVEVOLUTION (formerly Lovefest/Love Parade) with over 100,000 people. The first Love Parade in Santiago was held in 2005 and gathered over 100,000 people; the 2006 version gathered over 200,000 people. The first Love Parade in Caracas was held in June 2007 and gathered over 25,000 people.

LoveParade in Tel Aviv.

There are similar festivals in other cities like Roundhay Park, Leeds, United Kingdom sponsored by BBC Radio 1. In 2001, the official UK parade had moved to Newcastle upon Tyne which was to have seen a parade through the streets of Newcastle before ending up on Town Moor but was cancelled after the police refused a license: BBC Radio 1 still hosted a more contained event, however.[14] Since then no Love Parade had taken place in the United Kingdom. In Summer 2000 one of the first public events took place in post-war Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, was Futura, Festival of Electronic Music. Some of the world's most famous DJs, including the organizers of the Berlin Love Parade, performed in a bombed and burnt out factory.

Love Parade International

A preliminary investigation of the ministry of the interior placed heavy blame on the organizers around Rainer Schaller. Schaller in turn claimed that errors by the police in controlling streams of visitors led to the accident.[13]

Safety experts and a fire service investigator had previously warned that the site was not suitable for the numbers expected to attend.[8] Rainer Schaller, the festival's organizer and chief executive officer, later said the festival would not continue in future, thus ending the festival.

So far nobody has been held financially responsible for this tragic event and the gathering of at least twice the capacity of people at the Duisburg grounds, and German authorities are no longer searching for those who took large profits.

At the 2010 Love Parade in Duisburg, the number of people attending allegedly reached 1.4 million – the original expectation was around 800,000 – whereas police believed around 400,000 people were present.[12] 21 people were killed, and more than 500 injured, in an incident near an overcrowded tunnel leading into the festival. At least 20 casualties resulted from suffocation, caused by crowd pressure.

2010 accident

The parade was quite peaceful for an event of its size, seeing few arrests. In 2008, for example, charges were pressed for six robberies, three sexually related offences and forty thefts. Twenty-three participants were caught with drugs and forty-nine were charged with bodily harm. There were 177 parade visitors provisionally arrested by the police.[11] Arrests are usually related to drug crimes and most other incidents feature mostly people passing out due to dehydration or hyperthermia. In 2000, after the parade, a girl under the influence of ecstasy was run over by an S-Bahn after she had been leaning on the door too hard.


The finale of the demonstration is by the so-called "Abschlusskundgebung" which are half-hour sets of the world's leading top DJs such as DJ Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Carl Cox, Armin Van Buuren, DJ Rush, DJ Hell, Westbam, Drum Connection, Miss Djax, Marusha or Chris Liebing. During this time all trucks (usually about 40) are connected to each other and set online to the statue of victory where the turntables are. This is one of the few chances a DJ can ever have to play for a crowd of about one million people.

One famous picture from the parade is people sitting and dancing on streetlamps, trees, commercial signs, telephone booths, which gave the event's nickname "the greatest amateur circus on earth".[10]

The parade was a place where some exhibited and enjoyed other people's exhibitionist tendencies.[1] Some attendees enjoyed carrying around toys such or other items such as dummies (pacifiers) or face masks. Often the crowd was imaginative in terms of clothing (or lack thereof) and appearance. In some cases, participants proceeded to sex acts, including masturbation, heterosexual and homosexual oral sex, and heterosexual sexual intercourse, as well as use of sex toys and participation in fetish-related sexual acts such as golden showers, often in the public in front of passers-by and cameras, as indicated by videos circulating on-line.

The parade was seen to be louder and more crowded than most concerts. With its water-cooled sound systems on every truck, the parade produced an extremely loud sound floor. After the 2001 arrangement, veterinarians at the Berlin Zoo blamed the parade for giving more than half of its animals diarrhea. Chairman Heiner Kloes said veterinarians told him the heavy bass was to blame for disturbing the animals.[9] The parade consisted of the sound trucks that usually featured local, or important, clubs and their DJs. It had become a rule that only trucks that had sponsors from a techno-related field, such as clubs, labels or stores, were allowed, but advertising space was increased after the 2006 event to offset the high costs of equipping a truck. The trucks were usually open on top and feature dancers, with box-systems mounted on the side or rear.

The music played at the events was predominantly electronic dance music — in this case mainly trance, house, techno, and schranz music. Attempts to introduce other music styles, such as hip hop, have failed. Hardcore and gabber music were part of the parade in early years, but were later removed. They are now celebrated separately on a counter-demonstration called "Fuckparade".


The 2009 event, planned for Bochum, was cancelled; a year later, the deaths of twenty-one attendees at the Duisburg venue prompted the parade's organiser Rainer Schaller to declare an end to the festival. "The Love Parade has always been a peaceful party, but it will forever be overshadowed by the accident, so out of respect for the victims the Love Parade will never take place again," Schaller said.[8] The parade was one of the oldest and largest festivals of electronic music, together with Zürich's Streetparade, Mayday and Nature One.

In 2008, the festival took place in Dortmund on 19 July on the Bundesstraße 1 under the motto Highway of Love. The event was planned as a "Love Weekend", with parties throughout the region. For the first time the Turkish electronic scene was represented by its own float, called "Turkish Delights". The official estimate is that 1.6 million visitors attended, making it the largest parade to date.[7]

The Love Parade 2007 was planned for 7 July 2007 in Berlin. However, the Berlin event was cancelled in February because the Senate of Berlin did not issue the necessary permits at that time. After negotiations with several German cities, on 21 July, it was announced that the parade would move to the Ruhr Area for the next five years. The first event took place in Essen on 25 August. The parade in Essen saw 1.2 million visitors in comparison to the 500,000 who attended the 2006 parade in Berlin.

Many people from Germany and abroad traveled to Berlin to take part in the Parade — over a million attended in the years 1997 through 2000 and 800,000 in 2001. Attendance at the 2001 festival was significantly lower because the date of the parade was changed with little advance notice. 2002 and 2003 also saw lower figures, and in 2004 and 2005 the parade was cancelled because of funding difficulties and coordinated opposition from most of Germany's green parties. The parade had inspired opposition because of the damage to the Tiergarten by participants, who were provided with insufficient toilet facilities. Opponents allegedly complicated matters for organisers by booking their own events in Berlin and so to exclude the parade from being able to register with city police. In 2004, however, a scaled-down version took place which served more as a mini-protest and was promoted with the title Love Weekend. Dozens of clubs promoted the weekend-long event all over the city, with various clubs staying open for three days straight without closing. In 2006, the parade made a comeback with the help of German exercise studio McFit.

The parade was held on the Berlin Kurfürstendamm (avenue) until 1996. Because of overcrowding on the Kurfürstendamm, the festival moved to the Straße des 17. Juni in the Tiergarten park in the center of Berlin. The festival became centered around the Siegessäule in the middle of the park; and the golden angel atop the column became the parade's emblem.

The parade first occurred in July 1989, when 150 people took to the streets in Berlin.[1] It was started by the Berlin underground at the initiative of Matthias Roeingh (also known as "Dr Motte") and his then girlfriend Danielle de Picciotto.[1] It was conceived as a political demonstration for peace and international understanding through love and music.[1] It was supposed to be a bigger birthday party for Roeingh, later "Dr Motte", and the motto Friede, Freude, Eierkuchen (in English — Peace, Joy, Pancakes) stood for disarmament (peace), music (joy) and a fair food production/distribution (pancakes). Roeingh dissociated himself from the parade in 2006 because of the commercialization of the event.

Loveparade 1997 in Berlin.



  • History 1
  • Setup 2
  • Disturbances 3
  • 2010 accident 4
  • Love Parade International 5
  • Legal issues 6
  • Anthems 7
  • List of Love Parades 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


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