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Street Parade revellers head home after weekend of fun

Hundreds of thousands of colourful participants enjoyed the annual Street Parade in Zurich Keystone

Switzerland's biggest techno outdoor festival, Zurich's Street Parade, has ended with organisers estimating that a record number of 750,000 people flocked to the city at the weekend. It was the largest number in the nine-year history of the festival.

Few incidents were reported as the huge crowds – dressed in bizarre costumes or wearing very little at all – partied along the shores of Lake Zurich.

Temperatures of around 30 degrees attracted many people to the Street Parade. Officials said the biggest problem appeared to have been people feeling the effects of the heat.

Police caught 16 people seeling the illegal drug, ecstasy. They were released after being questioned. Small quantities of heroine were also found.

Police said the parade passed off peacefully, but there were a large number of complaints about the noise.

The federal railways put on an extra 50 trains to cope with the vast number of Swiss and foreign visitors returning home.

Organisers described this year’s Street Parade, entitled “Believe in Love”, as a demonstration of “love, peace, freedom, generosity and tolerance”.

A total of 30 “love mobiles”, blasting out house and techno sounds, took part in the four kilometre parade. A young couple were married by a registrar on one of the mobiles.

The Street Parade began in 1992 with less than 1,000 people taking to the streets. Since then it has attracted ever more support from young people across Switzerland and other parts of Europe. It has become the second largest such parade after Berlin.

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