Berlin Bans Love Parade Festival
The Berlin ministry of the interior has banned this year's Love Parade, scheduled for July 14, claiming that the techno music event, which attracts roughly 1 million visitors each year, clashes with aThe Berlin ministry of the interior has banned this year's Love Parade, scheduled for July 14, claiming that the techno music event, which attracts roughly 1 million visitors each year, clashes with a demonstration by Love Parade opponents who had registered their event first.
A spokesman for Eckart Werthebach, senator for the interior, said that the authorities had no choice, as the anti-Love Parade demonstrators had already applied for use of the same street (17.Juni), near Berlin's Tier Garten.
Accordingly, the only date on which the Love Parade can be held is a Saturday before July 14, as there are prior bookings for other events. In a statement, organizers stated that postponement or a change of venue was out of the question. Representatives in Hannover, Dusseldorf, and Frankfurt/Main, have expressed interest in hosting this year's event.
In related news, Newcastle-upon-Tyne is confirmed as host for the 2001 U.K. Love Parade, to be held July 21. BBC Radio 1 is organizing the free event, which is modeled on the Berlin version. The event is expected to concentrate at the city's Town Moor, Hoppings site, although a spokesman notes, "there are still a lot of details to be finalized." Last year's event in Leeds attracted more than 250,000 participants..