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The World’s Largest Techno Party: Street Parade in Zurich

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When I emerged onto the hectic streets of Zurich for the Street Parade, I immediately realized I was overdressed.

Er. Underdressed.

Er. Dressed.

Suddenly it made sense why everybody had been asking me what I would wear to Street Parade. Some people evidently take their wardrobe-planning very seriously for this, one of the biggest techno parties in the world (and Zurich’s largest annual event).

Myself and a million of my closest friends gathered on this day – the second Saturday of August – to dance, wander, gawk, and revel around Lake Zurich.

 Street Parade is officially a demonstration for freedom, love, and tolerance, and although it has morphed since its beginnings in 1992 (with just 1,000 attendees), it’s still legally considered a political demonstration. (I think that’s how the city of Zurich justifies paying for this mammoth event).

And with a million attendees packed into a relatively small area, I was amazed to feel quite safe milling about; Street Parade is one of the safest mass events in the world.

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Written by  Nora Dunn.

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