Zurich throws a "Techno Street Parade" every year near the end of August, and it's become an incredibly big draw, with an estimated million participants from all over Europe dancing through the streets to the electronic beat, despite temperatures in the high 80s. This year's parade was Saturday, Aug. 29.
The music was everywhere, with 26 floats, called "lovemobiles" moving in the crowd, and six dance platforms along the route, staffed by more than 20 DJs from across Europe. Concession stands, especially those with liquids to beat the heat, did a big business.
Even getting there took big numbers; aside from private cars and people who flew in to dance, Swiss national railways ran over 100 special trains to the city. City police had 500 officers on duty, but no serious events were reported.
The first Street Parade, held in 1992, had two floats and 1000 participants. The photo above is from the Parade's organizers, the Verein Street Parade Zurich.