Are you a party animal? Do you want to party? When you think of a party, what comes to your mind? A local club, disc or an outdoor musical gathering, with just a few hundred people around. Oh, then it's not a party. Your whole life was a lie!
The party is when 1.4 million people gather at a place to sing, dance, shout and eventually, go mad. A party is when the celebration is wild enough that you have all the freedom to do just whatever you love! That's what a party is. A place where you drink, dance and do just 'whatever' fucking thing comes to your mind.
And that's what makes The Love Parade of Berlin, The Greatest Party on Earth. It is also called The Greatest Amateur Circus on Earth because people, after getting high on drugs and drinks, do crazy stuff that seems like a circus!
Life is a circus. Then, why get serious?
The festival is taking place on July 24, 2017, in Berlin, Germany. Have a look at these photos while you read some interesting facts about The World's Greatest Party. A party that is about all love and no hate!
This Love Parade has been called the world's largest Techno Dance and Music Party. It started in West Berlin in 1989, just four months after the Berlin Wall collapsed, as a gesture of peace, tolerance and understanding through love and music. It is a gesture of celebrating together and coming together of West and East Germany.
The festival is now held against the backdrop of electronic dance music such as House, Trance and Techno, flamboyant outfits and super energetic dance moves. And that's what brings a current of thrill and excitement.
It was held almost annually in Berlin between 1989 and 2006, attracting more than one million participants. Later, it moved to the western German Ruhr region in 2007, because the number participants increased manifold.
The festival was shut down between 2010 and 2015 due to a stampede in 2010, which killed 21 people and injured 500. As a gesture of respect for the dead people, the festival was discontinued until it was started again in 2015, due to public demand.
According to Wikipedia, the local police and administration told authorities during the 2010 fest that the venue is not suitable to handle such large participants. The authorities were expecting 0.8 million participants. However, 1.4 million participants turned up at the venue and this led to a stampede.
This is the real photo of the stampede.
The Love Parade is Germany's biggest attraction so far, attracting millions in a single day! People from across the world gather here, to celebrate love and freedom!
Today, music lovers from around the world throng Berlin for a four-mile-long gyrating party fuelled by dance, drink and drugs. That's how it has been happening and that's how it is going to happen in the future. Probably it will get bigger and better.
Similar Love Parades have taken place in Zurich, San Francisco, Mexico City, Acapulco, Vienna, Cape Town, Tel Aviv, Sydney, Santiago, Rio de Janeiro, Oslo and Budapest.
That means love is a universal emotion, right?
Just wondering when is it going to come to India!
The most interesting part of the festival is weird, wild and colourful dresses. It's more of a youth party and they express their mood through these colourful outfits, which look like a dress straight from the circus. So, what's wrong, it is a circus.
Since the festival is a result of 'the fall of Berlin Wall' it revolves around the idea of peace - and also joy, love, sharing. It is a symbolic gesture that hate can't survive for long and it's love that takes over eventually.
It was first held in July 1989, when 150 people took to the streets in Berlin. It was started by the Berlin Underground at the initiative of Dr Motte - the famous German DJ - and his then girlfriend Danielle. Initially, it was conceived as a political idea to promote peace and international understanding through love and music, which later turned out to be the biggest party on earth.
It is about coloured hair and graffiti. That's an expression of the youthful mood - which is vibrant, lively and colourful indeed.
The music played at the event is electronic dance music - in this case mainly trance, house and techno music. Attempts to introduce other music styles, such as hip hop, have failed. Hardcore music was once part of the parade in early years.
The parade is seen to be louder and more crowded than the concerts all over the world. With its power-packed sound systems on every truck, the parade produced an extremely loud sound floor - and that's what everyone expects.
The event is known to be the most exhibitionist show on earth, with people wearing colorful masks, head gears, props, scarves and shoes. The participants colour their body and hair to make it a hippy like event. The event sees the participation of different sexualities - gay, lesbian, transgenders, straights - because they enjoy legal rights in Germany.
Germany is known to have given unique things to the world. Like BMW, Mercedes, Audi and this fantabulastic Love Parade! The nation has also given Hitler, but there's no need to write anything about him.
For the time being, let's celebrate love.
Next year, you may be at the party. Who knows?