The Love is back...

What kind of cynical, pessimistic folk could ever have written off the Love Parade... Ok, ok, we admit it! The Berlin Life team thought that the Love Parade had had its last dance back in 2003, but we've never been so happy to announce that we were totally wrong! The world-famous event promoting music, tolerance and free love is back on the streets of Germany - so dust off your fluorescent pink furry leg warmers and get ready to party...

The Love Parade 2011

The Love Parade event has now been suspended until further notice

The Love Parade 2010

The Love Parade 2010, which took place in Duisburg, was attended by tragedy. Our deepest sympathies to all who lost their lives.

The Love Parade 2009

The Love Parade 2009, which was set to take place at Bochum, has unfortunately been cancelled. Let's hope things look up for 2010 in Duisburg!

The Love Parade 2008

The Love Parade did indeed make a triumphant return to Berlin in 2006, but it was a short-lived comeback as far as the capital was concerned at least. Berlin city authorities and event organisers couldn't come to an agreement in time and instead the LP signed up for a five year deal to be held in various cities of the industrial Ruhr district in the West of Germany. So no Berlin bacchanalia in 2008, but rather the debauchery moves to Dortmund.

The Love Parade 2008 in Dortmund promises to be no less fun than previous editions of the world's biggest street party, and the date for your diaries is the 19th July if you're thinking of booking flights and making travel and accommodation arrangements. We'll be updating this page with some more info on the DJs and other details as soon as our spies report in...

The Love Parade 2007

Yes, it is happening! But unfortunately not in Berlin... The Love Parade organisers were unable to come to an agreement with the powers that be in Berlin, and so began the search for another city to host the event. After some wheeling and dealing they have proudly announced a five year plan to host the Love Parade in the Ruhr District of Germany. A vast connurbation of 5.3 million inhabitants the Ruhr will divide up the hosting duties, with each of its most prominent cities taking it in turns to put on the event. Essen is the host for 2007, and the date for your diaries is the 28th August - so not long now! Time to wet your whistle and put on your best dancing shoes!

So far for Essen 2007, Booka Shade, Chris Liebing, Loco Dice, Bad Boy Bill, ATM and Westbam have signed up as the main acts with many more sure to follow. You can get more news and info at the official Love Parade website.

Meanwhile you can read more about the history of the Love Parade by going to our 'The Death of Dance...?' article.

And finally, if you are stuck in Berlin this summer then fear not - there's plenty of techno happening in the city. Berghain Club continues to go from strength to strength whilst the legendary Tresor has reared its ugly head once more! Check out more in our Berlin bars and club section!

The Love Parade 2006

With the aptly named title for the year 'The Love is back', the Love Parade once again stormed the streets of the German capital in 2006 to the delight of house, techno and trance fans the world over. Thanks to the sponsors, McFits, the funds were raised that allow the event to pay for itself. Self-funding is a key requirement of the Love Parade's existence ever since the German government won a court ruling against the organisers about who should pay for security and the clean-up (can't say that we blame the government on that one!). With the money raised however, nothing could stop the Love returning in 2006.

Review of 2006

2006 truly was a special year for Berlin as, instead of empty streets this July 15th, the city was witness to the biggest street party on the planet with 1.2 million turning out to listen to music, dance like crazy, and take the odd mind-bending chemical or two.

Who was there? Well - apart from the 1.2 million mentioned - some familiar faces also turned up to ensure this was no damp squib of a comeback. Dance legends like Paul Van Dyke, Westbam, ATB and Tiesto were two-a-penny on the floats. And although naturally most of the floats were representing the Germany masseeve it was a nice surprise to see neighbours Poland chip in with the SubstanzArt:Pl float from Wroclaw, led by Angelo Mike, and it was a treat too to see the Baltic State's own Baltic Groove Union float. Needless to say DJs from the UK and Ibiza didn't miss out on the action either! So was the party a success? Let's hand it over to Berlin's very own mayor, Klaus Wowereit, for the final word.

"...Berlin is the number one city for music in Germany, a fact that was impressively proven once again. The Loveparade is experiencing a renaissance? Unbelievable!"

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the love parade is for ever!!! love and music!!

reviewed by from Poland on May.30.2013

ja germany the best many good dj lexy and k paul and westbam etc very nice people too any thing goes plus good music

reviewed by rinehard wagner from United Kingdom on May.03.2013

One of my life goals is to attend a love parade in Germany before I die. I'm 21 now. Please Germans, make it happen

reviewed by Tj.Wallas_ from United States on Nov.14.2011

I just wanted to mention that my Love Parade experience in 2001 was literally life altering. I could attest that there was no greater concentration of enjoyment and universal love than at the center of Berlin at that time. In general, we live in a world of greed, selfishness, and economic uncertainty. Events such as the Love Parade contribute to the progress of humanity in a positive direction. I give my heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families. However, I urge Berlin to resume the event, even if the name is different in honor of the victims.

reviewed by Jude from United States on Nov.10.2011

Since being a teenager, I've always wanted to go to the Love Parade, with friends in Poland telling me about the event and watching it on tv every summer..

Please, please say that I can finally go this year in summer 2011?!!! When is it?

reviewed by Liv from United Kingdom on Mar.08.2011

Love Parade is an annual event, a festival of electronic dance music, which was first held at West Berlin, Germany back in 1989. This years Love parade is announced on July 2011, at: Duisburg, Germany. There will be Hip-hop, explosion of techno, house, trance, rap and fringe. With the Love Parade, Love’s in the air in Duisburg.

reviewed by Suzie Dsouza from United States on Mar.07.2011

the love parade is for ever!!! love and music!!

reviewed by Franjo from Peru on Feb.18.2011

pls can anyone tell me about the next love parade...
i need the dates....

reviewed by ashdin from Malaysia on Dec.08.2010

check out our loveparade pictures:

reviewed by vanessa from Germany on Jul.28.2010

I feel bad for the victims. But looking at those photos - a lot of stupidity compressed into a small area. Probably drugs involved.
If youth would behave properly, it would have not gotten out of control.
They induced the panic themselves. No one else did, especially not the City of Duisburg and its mayor.

reviewed by VV from United States on Jul.27.2010

Everyone should get naked!

reviewed by Jenny B from United States on Jul.26.2010

It was never happened in berlin,
The people can away on all sides.

reviewed by Marten from Netherlands on Jul.26.2010

24/7 would have had happend if the Love Parade was in Berlin :´(

reviewed by Henrik from Denmark on Jul.26.2010

OK - 15 dead people. Wait till they close the place down. All the live camera feeds have been shut down. Good luck.

reviewed by Bob from United States on Jul.24.2010


It's this weekend !!!! 24 juli 2010!

reviewed by Rick from Netherlands on Jul.21.2010

Hopefully the Love parade WILL return to the HOUSE capitol of the world Berlin.

I have visited Berlin 5 times for the love parade and since then every love parade outside Berlin.

But believe me, the Love Parade IS Berlin!! Hope it will come home again in 2012.

Berlin wir liebe dich!

reviewed by Rick from Netherlands on Jul.21.2010

I heard of love parade from a movie and ever since just read and seen through youtube. I love the fact is a hugh street party with every body having fun and dancing. It reminds me of song from dj tiesto call Dance 4 life love that track he is one of favorite dj. god a question how do get involve or dj at the events? I have been djing for over 12 years and love music that is one the main reason why I got into djing. Please send info about my question will defenetally appreciate it.

reviewed by djpuma007 from United States on Jul.05.2010

I see people from all around the world on this topic.. it may be an amazing party! I'm very curious about the parade.. wanting to go! :)

reviewed by Tassio from Brazil on Jun.23.2010

i am adil frm pakistan 03008779596

reviewed by adil from Belgium on Jun.19.2010

it was cool me and my boy friend made out!!

reviewed by hi from Algeria on May.24.2010

its on 10th july 2010

reviewed by harshal from India on May.08.2010

Does anyone know the dates of Duisburg Love Parade of this year?? Please

reviewed by Bernice from Malta on Apr.07.2010

i was in berlin on love parade 2002 and 2004.. bring it back to berlin!

reviewed by d14 from Slovenia on Mar.11.2010

i hope that i go but they will not give me the fokken visa

reviewed by khemaissia mohammed from Tunisia on Dec.17.2009

i hope that i go but they will not give me the fokken visa

reviewed by khemaissia mohammed from Tunisia on Dec.17.2009

Berlin will never be the same until Loveparade has came....Love Parade won't be Love Parade until it come back to Berlin.

reviewed by Teleshopping from Spain on Nov.30.2009

Any word on the date for 2010 in Duisburg? With the Gay Games happening in Cologne during the first week of August, I hope the planners are taking advantage of the crowd coming from all over the world.

reviewed by senorgoose from United States on Nov.17.2009

It's an amazing experience - i want to go there so bad :). I think that the parade belongs to Berlin,it has no place in any other city in the world.

reviewed by Dejan from Bulgaria on Nov.13.2009

I was in the 1996 love parade on the Airport nightclub float and it was great!

The House Music Channel plans on being involved in the next event

reviewed by Byron Burke from United States on Oct.09.2009

berlin is lovely city for loveparade
culture,streets-ONLY BERLIN

reviewed by TECHNO FANS USA from United States on Oct.03.2009


reviewed by Boyan from Canada on Sep.20.2009

hell ya!

reviewed by jesus cedeno from Argentina on Aug.26.2009

Well, at least we have the pentagonik "fiesta" from oct 1st till oct 4th. I´ts not love parade but you´ll get things done.

reviewed by Alex from Panama on Jul.23.2009

please bring it back to berlin!! i'm making my first trip to europe in 2011 and this has always been at the top of my list to do!!!

reviewed by Tgrr from United States on Jul.01.2009

Berlin is the ONLY real place for the LOVE PARADE...plesae. please bring it back... such a cool, crazy event

reviewed by mig from United Kingdom on May.28.2009

im only 13 but i want to go
im doing this as part of my german work and now im really interested

reviewed by joe riley from United Kingdom on May.21.2009

Love Parade 2009 - Cancelled.
Oh Well.
There's Always Next Year!

reviewed by Whoops from Ireland on May.07.2009

Good god, the year I'm near too! I'll be here next year, so they better have it then!

reviewed by Me from United States on May.04.2009

thats very wonderful festival (iam dj i hope to join &play music in love parade what can i do to join )

reviewed by dj dipo from Egypt on Apr.14.2009

we were there in Dortmund in 2008... we will be there in Bochum in 2009

reviewed by Friends from Romania on Mar.11.2009

is there an age limit on the love parade? i hope to go but am just 8 months short of 18.

reviewed by Hillll from United States on Mar.05.2009

The love parade for 09 has been cancelled no?

reviewed by Coleen from United States on Mar.04.2009

i would really love to know dates for this year 2009 because im really keent o check out the love parade

reviewed by Ruby from Australia on Feb.28.2009

Ill be there 4 sure lol!!

reviewed by south from Korea on Feb.27.2009

im coming for this year love parade...someone..somebody...come and join da band wagon.....

reviewed by azil from Malaysia on Feb.05.2009

Hope its the week after the 19th july
or else im screwed ...

reviewed by rhurbarb from United Kingdom on Jan.15.2009

.. hello to summer on 18.07.2009 in Bochum to a Love Parade to be this whole Romania .... we meet there ...

reviewed by cosmyy from Romania on Dec.26.2008

Good Write ups. When will 2009 be confirmed. I'm itching to get my 30th b'day set-up!

reviewed by Fordy from United Kingdom on Dec.26.2008

without review

reviewed by Yasen from Bulgaria on Dec.23.2008

i would like to know about dates to 2009 also...

reviewed by thay from Brazil on Dec.18.2008

Have the dates been confirmed for the Loveparade 2009 in Bochum?

reviewed by Eoin from New Zealand on Dec.14.2008

everyone who is looking for hostels, check out the webpage there you can find hostels all over the world, their prices and everything you wanna know. Just look up Bochum in Germany....See you there guys!!! Kiss

reviewed by johanna from Germany on Dec.14.2008

This is very very fool !!!!
imagine that young Children see this photos !!!!!! really anything these sites

reviewed by Eloise from France on Nov.21.2008

hay wutz up guys or girls the love parade iz huge and fun you could find love there like i did

reviewed by oren williams from United States on Nov.19.2008

the love parade is my life i cant live with out it if i dn't go to it i'll die so i better see u there next time peace out man

reviewed by goth girl from United States on Nov.18.2008

One huge Rave! 2009 cant come quick enough

reviewed by Michael H from Australia on Nov.07.2008

when the love parade be in belgim? is it worth it to come all the way from tennessee?

reviewed by george from United States on Oct.10.2008


reviewed by kerry from South Africa on Oct.10.2008

-guess, this berlin love parade will always remain as a dream that so hard to be for real. I envy you guys who got the chance to witness & enjoy this marvelous event. Wish i could be there for once!
Well,wish you all the luck to those pipz who wants to experience the awesome love parade! Spread love guys!
MAHAL KO KAYO!!!!!!!!!!

reviewed by yanie from Philippines on Sep.20.2008

I was just wondering if this was a parade of love (hence the name) or a party like kind of rave. Also, when is the next one and how do I get there? thanks :)

reviewed by Chris White from Canada on Sep.16.2008

loveparade....... crazy,sexy,marvellous!

reviewed by diza from Malaysia on Sep.10.2008

i was at the love parade 2008! that was freaking awesome!!

reviewed by Yohanna from Germany on Sep.05.2008

wonderfool wonderfool. it'smy dream togothere

reviewed by alban from Albania on Sep.04.2008

this is stupid

reviewed by dunno from Australia on Sep.01.2008

I want to go to the 09 love parade how do i find out about it.

reviewed by matt gold from Australia on Aug.27.2008

I'm from NZ and I've been dreaming of going to the Love Parade for ages and i plan to go in a couple years time with friends when i've saved enough $$ I'd love to have some feedback on what others think of it

reviewed by mel from New Zealand on Aug.19.2008

it not very bad but it could be better like pakistani they also could be better but we should give them a chance

reviewed by from Pakistan on Aug.04.2008

PARTY !!!!!!!!!!!!!

reviewed by Kory from United States on Jul.28.2008

check out some pictures of the loveparade 2008 at

reviewed by greet from Belgium on Jul.20.2008

im 20 years of age and wish to go to the 2009 love perade and tips

reviewed by asa williams from United Kingdom on Jul.17.2008

do it in good not disturb others.

reviewed by hibaru from Maldives on Jul.15.2008

We need a Love Parade in Singapore !

reviewed by Damien from Singapore on Jul.12.2008

This is my frist travel to the Europe and i'm surely making it to the love parade'08 in Dortmund...would love to met people from all over the gobal and spread love n light!
shanti shanti!

reviewed by Harsh from India on Jul.10.2008

I cannot wait for my first ever Love Parade!

reviewed by Daniella Anastassiades from United Kingdom on Jul.10.2008

I was in loveparade 2006, from Spain,

reviewed by kike from Spain on Jun.30.2008