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It's an event that draws between 600k and close to a million visitors, according to this article:
As such, it can never be completely safe.
For a relatively safe parade, I recommend the various transhumances in Autumn in Graubuenden etc ;-))
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One million visitors, if anything is completely and utterly overestimated it has to be that. If only the half of one million came by train then we'd need 500 trains - all arriving at Zurich station and leaving again within a couple of hours. Not to mention thousands of cars, bikes, trams, buses. It would also mean that at least every sixth Swiss was present - leaving room for about 120'000 foreigners.(!) Having recently watched the olympic cycle race in England on TV where the roads were lined with spectators on both sides from the Mall down to Leatherhead - an estimated one million people spread over about 100 kilometres, then such a figure for Zurich is good for a laugh. Based on the crowds I used to see outside the Arsenal football ground I'd say that on that 'million saturday' that there were 70,000 people in Zurich.