Swiss techno Street Parade returns after two-year absence

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The Street Parade, Zurich’s techno parade, gathers several hundred thousand of ravers and electronic music fans. (Photos: AFP)
ZURICH, Switzerland — Hundreds of thousands of people filled the streets of a sunbaked Zurich Saturday for the Swiss city’s annual techno Street Parade, after a two-year absence due to the coronavirus pandemic.اضافة اعلان

But celebrations were marred by the death of a young man who drowned after jumping into the city’s river near the parade. Zurich police said rescuers tried to save the man but it was too late.

Around 850,000 people attended the last event in 2019, and this year organizers expected between 750,000 and one million.

Under a clear blue sky, fans gathered for the start of the free parade for around 2km along the river in the heart of Switzerland’s financial capital.

As the temperature reached 29°C the river’s banks were full of revelers, many taking the plunge into the water to keep cool.

“I don’t have the right words to describe the atmosphere here, it is fantastic, all the people you know they are so eager to party,” said Patrick, a 26-year-old Master’s student in Zurich, with multi-colored flowers and glasses on his head.

“You can feel that, you can feel the vibration in the air,” he added.

The highlight of the event is 30 floats known as “lovemobiles”, which are usually brightly decorated trucks with music, DJs, and party-goers.

More than 200 DJs will play at this year’s event including international stars Adriatique, Anna Tur, Ida Engberg, Reinier Zonneveld, and Syreeta.

After two years marked by the pandemic, the organizers said the parade’s motto was “THINK”.

The first edition of Street Parade took place in 1992, drawing a mere 1,000 revelers and only two lovemobiles.

It is now the biggest techno party in Europe.

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