Factbox: Five facts about Germany’s "Love Parade"

(BestGrowthStock) – Following are five facts about Germany’s “Love Parade” festival, where at least 19 people were killed on Saturday after a stampede.

— The Love Parade has been called the world’s largest techno dance party. It started in West Berlin in 1989 just four months before the Berlin Wall collapsed as a demonstration for peace, tolerance and understanding through love and music.

— The event is now held against a backdrop of electronic dance music such as House, Trance and Techno, flamboyant outfits and energetic dance moves.

— It was held almost annually in Berlin between 1989 and 2006, attracting more than one million participants. It moved to the western German Ruhr region in 2007.

— During the 1990s it was heralded as one of Berlin’s biggest attractions after the Berlin Wall fell.

— More than one million music lovers from around the world regularly crowded into Berlin for a six-km (four-mile)-long gyrating party fueled by dance, drink and drugs.

— Internationally, 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.

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(Writing by Erik Kirschbaum; editing by Myra MacDonald)

Factbox: Five facts about Germany’s “Love Parade”