The Love Parade, the world's largest street party took place Saturday in Essen, a city an hour away from Cologne. This year, around 1.2 million people came to Essen, dancing, partying and having a blast. Love was everywhere.
We got there right before the parade started and we able to get up close to one of the many floats. At 2pm the electronic music started pumping out of the float and everyone started dancing and jumping up and down. Everyone was dressed up in a festive manner. We danced, paraded and had a blast going along with the floats seeing thousands of people. Everyone was happy to be dancing and there were not any problems and not that many police around. Quite different from the US where there would be security all over and people checking the bags that were being brought in.
The parade ended at about 7pm and we left at about 8, before all of the night parties started. We were the last people to be allowed into the train station before it was closed off due to too many people. It was absolutley packed in there and it took us over two hours to get home, but it was well worth it.