Zurich Street Parade: History, Celebrations & Complete Guide

Street Parade in Zurich - 13August

Zurich Street Parade is the world’s largest techno party held in Zurich, Switzerland. Attended by over a million people, this annual festival is a demonstration of love, freedom, and tolerance. The festival always falls on the second Saturday of August. The  Street Parade Festival will take place on, 13 August.

What is the Street Parade Festival in Zurich?

Strongly influenced by the Love Parade in Berlin, the Zurich Street Parade represents a scene of Electronic Music since 1992. It is the world’s largest outdoor techno party, celebrated annually on the second Saturday of August around Zurich’s lake basin.

On this day, over a million people head to the Zurich’s lake to attend the Street Parade Festival. The whole city is filled with an incredible party atmosphere, hundreds of thousands dance on the streets of Zurich, hundreds of DJs fill the air with vibrant music, there are parties everywhere, and people cheer in joy and celebrate Street Parade with utmost zeal and fervor.

What is the History of Street Parade in Zurich?

The first-ever Street Parade in Zurich was held in 1992. The festival is strongly influenced by the Love Parade in Berlin. In the 1980s, Zurich was a boring city with no parties, festivals, and nightlife events. To change this boring life of Zurich, Marek Krynski, a young mathematics student inspired by the Love Parade in Berlin, decided to form a similar street parade in Zurich as well.

In 1992, Marek Krynski organized the first Street Parade in Zurich that include music and dancing. The parade opened with 1,000 partygoers and six floats. The following year in 1993, the parade was attended by 10,000 people.

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However, not everyone enjoyed it: the police attempted to ban the event in 1994 for the reason that it was “too big, too noisy, littering the street of the town, and that it was also of interest only to a small part of the population.” There accompanied an outcry by police and the public. Due to public pressure, the event was saved.

Krynski, the founding member of the Street Parade in Zurich, left the organizing committee in 1996 but the event continued for the next years with more strength and energy. By 2000-2001, there were around one million people taking part in the Street Parade Festival.

So this is how Street Parade in Zurich was formed.

When is Street Parade in Zurich?

Street Parade is always celebrated on the second Saturday of August. This year, Street Parade is to be held on 13 August.

Is Zurich Street Parade Free To Attend?

Yes, it is 100% free to attend. You can enjoy music sessions, enjoy dance parties, and have all the fun Free of cost. However, you have to pay for drinks, food, and transportation tickets.

The Street Parade  Event in Zurich: All You Need To Know

Zurich Street Parade celebration

The Street Parade will start on Saturday, 13th August. The event will start at 1.00 pm evening and end at late midnight.

The Route

It is a 2.4 km-long Street Parade route. The event will begin from Utoquai in the Zurich neighborhood of Seefeld, from where it will head toward the lakefront via Bellevue, Quaibrücke, and Bürkliplatz, arriving at Hafendamm Enge at around 10 pm.

The whole route of the Street Parade will be filled with DJs, food chains, songs, dance, and parties – until midnight.

Notification on Currency Acceptance

All the locals and foreigners attending the event, are requested to bring Swiss francs only. Due to counterfeit money in previous years, Swiss francs is the only currency that will be accepted at all food chains and beverage stands.

There will be five currency exchange counters of EUR, Dollars, and Pounds at different points on the Street Parade route.

How To Get Here?

Local Rail, Tram, and bus are the best solutions to get to the Street Parade. This year, there will be over 100 trains available to bring you to the Street Parade and drop you home back into the small hours. In the city of Zurich, the party areas can be reached by cable car and bus until 4 a.m.

Booking Transport for Street Parade

There are two transport options for reaching the Street Parade event in Zurich.

1). Street Parade City Ticket – This is the best transport option. You get a ticket for Street Parade (valid for two days). With this ticket, you get train journey to Zurich main station and back, travel by public transport in Zurich on the ZVV network (bus, tram, S-Bahn). Night supplement is also included in this ticket. For direct online bookings and purchase, you can head to SBB Ticket Shop.

2). Street Parade Zurich Main Station Ticket – With this ticket, you get an outward and return journey to Zurich main station. Online bookings are available at SBB Ticket Shop.

Can I Go There By Car?

There will be extreme traffic jams in the town, and no parking spaces are available. You are requested Not to reach by car.

Motto & Slogan of Street Parade Event

Street Parade in Zurich

The motto and slogan of Street Parade event is “Colors Of Unity”.

With this slogan, the organizers want to tell people the fact that a picture only looks beautiful and colorful if a wide range of colors are permitted and its impact can be unfolded together.

The motto “Colors Of Unity” tells that life is better when various colors stick together. The colors reflect the distinct origins, cultures, and backgrounds of visitors. It is the colors of a society, an army of a million people who celebrate love, peace, freedom at the Street Parade.

DJs and Lineup

DJs at Street Parade in Zurich
Amelie LensOpera Stage1:30
Andres CampoCentre Stage1:30
Animal TrainerRakete Stage1:00
Davide SquillaceOpening Truck <<Ants>>16:00
De La SwingCentre Stage21:30
DubfireOpera Stage22:30
Erick MorilloCentre Stage0:00
Gianni CallipariRakete Stage19:00
John DigweedOpera Stage16:00
Len FakiOpera Stage19:30
MagdalenaRakete Stage23:00
NastiaOpera Stage18:00
Paco OsunaCentre Stage1:30
Pan PotOpera Stage0:00
RodhadOpera Stage21:00
Steve LawlerOpening Truck <<Ants>>16:00
Tini GesslerCentre Stage16:00
Toni VargaCentre Stage16:00

Stages & Programs

Stages at Street Parade
Opera Stage [Mainstage]
John Digweed16:00
Len Faki19:30
Amelie Lens1:30
Centre Stage Hosted by Elrow
Toni Varga16:00
Tini Gessler16:00
Patrick Topping18:00
Bastian Bux19:30
De La Swing21:30
Erick Morillo0:00
Paco Osuna1:30
Andres Campo1:30
Clubbing Stage
Marco Berto18:00
Marco Capone19:00
Sous Sol21:00
Nici Faerber22:00
Juli Lee22:00
San Marco23:00
Le Roi0:00
Swiss Innovation Stage
FS Bart17:00
Lara Love18:00
La Colere21:00
Luca Domenico22:00
Na Dee23:00
Smalltown Collective1:00
Rakete Stage
Gigi Gonzalez16:00
Gianni Callipari19:00
Dario D’Attis20:00
Reto Ardour21:00
Animal Trainer1:00
Opening Truck <<Ants>>
Steve Lawler16:00
Davide Squillace16:00
Generations Stage
Pedro Polido16:00
Luca Barth16:00
Marek Kay17:30
Nyah SFX18:00
Angie Taylor19:30
Liquid Cat0:00
Total Eclipse1:30
Hardstyle Truck

Night Clubs on Zurich Street Parade

There are several nightclubs and pubs open till midnight at Street Parade Festival in Zurich. These are:

  • Frieda’s Buxe
  • Hive
  • Klaus
  • Plaza Zurich
  • Space Monki
  • Zukunft

Where to Watch Live Telecast?

Street Parade Festival in Zurich

There are two channels on which you can watch the Live Streaming of Street Parade Event.

1). Watch Street Parade Live on ARTE Concert

The Street Parade will be broadcasted live on ARTE concert – timings: 13:00 – 24:00. Fans can enjoy live streaming of the whole Festival-Area at ARTE TV.

2). Watch Street Parade Live on TeleZüri

TeleZuri will broadcast the Street Parade  Festival live from 15:00 until 19:00 and present the best pictures from the event as well as interviews with interesting guests. The show is hosted by David Karasek.

From 19:20, TeleZuri will broadcast an hourly »Best Highlights of Street Parade «. Watch live streaming on Telezuri TV.

Zurich Street Parade Event

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