On Saturday, August 10th a giant movement of people cascaded through downtown Zurich with almost 1 million fans joining the 22nd Street Parade celebrating from 1pm to midnight right next to the famous Lake Zurich. It seems that there have been more visitors at the parade than last year but official figures are not published yet and it is not improbable that the figure of one million has been exceeded.
Top acts like Bob Sinclar, Fedde Le Grand, Nicky Romero, Westbam and NERVO entertained and excited the crowds on 8 large stages and 30 music trucks with further performances provided next to the festival site.
Nicky Romero and NERVO performed their acts on the main stage next to the Mythenquai (the former site was blocked by construction works), which were supported by a large light spectacle and a big live laser show. Acts on two further stages, the Burkliplatz and at the concert hall, were also supported with many laser light systems from Laserworld. Altogether Laserworld used laser light systems with a total output power of up to 200W, which were controlled by professional live laser light operators (Norb, Richu and Mane). Due to the high laser powers that were used, the lasershow could be seen all over the city center of Zurich.
It was a very peaceful event and the good weather was very helpful to create a great mood, especially as the motto of this year's Street Parade was "Dance for Freedom". This appeal was conceived for personal freedom without conventions or pressures and with mutual tolerance and respect. Obviously there was little to do for the police and action forces without any major incidents.
As in previous years, there was outstanding organisation, narrow sections were avoided along the parade route with larger places and sideways in place to decongest the stream of visitors. The reliable safety concept helped to avoid problems and if necessary first aid was available within a very short time.
First feedbacks are positive without exceptions and the organisers expressed their satisfaction.
Laser light technology:
Following laser light systems were used:
2 x RTI NANO 6 RYGCB 35
5 x RTI PIKO RGB 14.0
2 x RTI PIKO RGB 8.0
2 x RTI PIKO G10
2 x RTI PIKO Y13
The laser light projectors were controlled by Phoenix Showcontroller Phoenix4 LIVE as well as Pangolin BEYOND.