More than 1.5 million revelers danced through the streets of the western German city of Dortmund on Saturday at the annual Love Parade techno music festival.
A mile-long stretch was closed in Dortmund to allow the crowd – brightly and scantily clad and mostly young – to dance to music blasted from 37 floats. About 250 DJs were taking part in the event.
Once a summer institution in Berlin, the parade – staged under the motto “Highway of Love” – moved last year to Germany's industrial Ruhr area.
The original Berlin Love Parade grew from a 1989 peace demonstration into a huge outdoor celebration of club culture that drew about 1.5 million people at its peak in 1999.
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Financial problems forced its cancellation in 2004 and 2005. The parade returned in 2006, attracting between 500,000 and 700,000 people, but organizers failed to reach an agreement with city officials – fed up with arranging security and sanitation services – forcing the event to seek another home.
Last year's Love Parade took place in Essen.
A spokesman for the Dortmund police said Saturday's event had been so far peaceful. Associated Press