Love Parade dances to same tune in new home

26th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

Love Parade dances to same tune in new home

26 August 2007

  Essen, Germany (dpa) - Hundreds of thousands of techno fans danced to thumping electronic beats on Saturday as the Love Parade wound its way through the streets of its new home in the German city of Essen.

Billed as the world's biggest dance party, the Love Parade forms the centrepiece of a four-day Love Weekend with more than 1,000 hours of music, 700 performers and around 100 parties.

   Scantily clad ravers gyrated in the sunshine as top-flight DJs pumped up the volume from 27 sound trucks and various fixed stages.

Many shop owners in the centre of the industrial Ruhr region city closed for the day, while others posted security guards outside their premises as a precaution against troublemakers.

Police reported a few minor skirmishes between male techno enthusiasts and football fans before the parade started on its 2.5-kilometre journey shortly after 2 pm (1200 GMT).

Each of trucks had space for between 40 and 70 ravers, who danced away as DJs like Moguai and Moonbootica took turns to play their music from vinyl, CDs and MP3 downloads.

"Most of them are from the club scene," said Love Parade spokesman Bjoern Koellen.

Held under the motto Love is Everywhere, the highlight of this year's event will be a concert with international stars Moby and Westbam after the parade draws to a close at 5 pm.

The Love Parade was moved from Berlin to Germany's industrial heartland after the company that operates it failed to agree terms with the capital's administrators on a future concept for the event.

Under a deal thrashed out in June, the Love Parade will remain in the Ruhr region for five years, playing in the cities of Dortmund, Bochum, Duisburg and Gelsenkirchen after debuting in Essen.

   The Love Parade was first held in 1989. Organized as a private business venture, it hit financial problems and did not take place in 2004 and 2005, but resumed last year.

   Scantily clad dancers, intoxication and summer sun have been trademarks of the hedonist event, extending its appeal far beyond fans of its techno style of popular music, with young people flocking across borders to attend.

   Last year's parade in Berlin saw an estimated 1 million visitors entertained by 230 DJs from 17 nations.

DPA

Subject: German news

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