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Street Parade, Zurich

Since the demise of the Berlin Love Parade, Street Parade has becomes Europe's premier dance street festival

Street Parade

[ When ]August, annually

[ City ]Zürich, Switzerland

[ Good For ]Techno-heads and doof doof fans

[ Weather ]Mild, summer

[ Crowd ]950,000

[ Cost ]$

[ Sex Work ]

Legal and regulated

[ Sexy Score ]   

The ever - growing street parade is the world’s most vibrant house and techno music parade. Thirty glamorised trucks hit the streets packed with giant stereo systems, DJs and dancers. They make their way through hundreds of thousands of party people dancing on the street. There are also seven massive stages on route decked with contemporary electro, the hottest DJs and performances. This parade is all about generating a positive dance and music vibe that promotes love, acceptance, peace, freedom and generosity. In 2013, the parade attracted over 950,000 party lovers and this number is expected to increase in 2014

Getting There

If you’re already in Europe, there are some great scenic train rides and cheap flights to Zürich. All the party locations and the Parade route are easily accessible by public transport. Leave the car behind because traffic will be terrible and there’s no parking allowed during the parade. If you get lost, just follow your fellow party goers!

Where to Stay

The city is prepared to accommodate the crowds; there are hotel, motel and hostel options. You will be able to find something close to where it’s all happening within your budget. The most important thing to remember about booking accommodation for the Street Parade is BOOK EARLY!

Sexy Score

The focus of this parade is music but we all know where good music, dance and vibes lead us! Cut some shapes and they’ll be queuing up!

At the Festival

With the Berlin Love Parade now just a memory, Zurich's Street Parade is Europe finest and largest dance party.

Sex in other Cities Tipsheet
  • It’s likely to be hot, so slop on the sunscreen and be sure to drink plenty of fluids
  • There are plenty of earplugs available and you'll feel better and last longer if you use them
  • First Aid is available and easy to find - just look for the signs
  • The local authorities hated it when revellers climb traffic lights, road signs or trees. Don’t.
  • Likewise for the tram wires - you + high voltage wires? You do the math!
  • The atmosphere at the street parade is stimulating, and amazing even without alcohol or drugs. Your senses will be buzzing no matter what so take it easy.
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What could go wrong

Party drugs and alcohol mixed with large crowds and heat could lead to bad news. Be sure to pace yourself and try not to lose sight of your mates. With people coming from all over the world, it’s safe to say that the risk of catching an STI is significantly higher. If you do get lucky, always use a condom.

Where to get help

There will be plenty of medical aid at the Street Parade itself; it’s just a matter of hunting it down. If you need medical help before or after the event, you can access this clinic

Keep in mind that the cost of treatment in Switzerland is very expensive and travel insurance is highly recommended.


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Want to know more?

Sex on holiday happens.

Whether planned or not, away from home we lose at least some of our inhibitions
and may take more risks than we would at home. 

This is ok, it’s what makes travelling so exciting.
Accepting this before we go is the first step to planning.

To help you get home with no more than a bruised bank account
and awesome memories, here are some useful tips:

  • Carry condoms. Pack condoms before you leave home. Condoms aren’t always readily available or good quality so grab some before you leave and carry a supply in your handbag or wallet. Holidays and a sense of freedom doesn’t make you less susceptible to STIs so take care every time you have sex.
  • Have an STI test before you go and after you get back. Click here for testing locations.
  • Sex workers in other countries are not always in a safe environment or hold the same standards of safer sex and STI testing as they do in Australia. Use condoms and insist on using them.
  • Holidays can encourage us to try drugs and drink more alcohol than we might at home. Your body is still your body, regardless of where you are – know your limits and keep to them. Drugs and alcohol can impair our ability to keep our wits about us and recognise dangers – in a foreign place this becomes even more important. 

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