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Zurich street parade

This Saturday 13th August it's street parade time in Zurich. I would like to go, and wondered if anyone else would be up for meeting and coming along too? I am thinking to go at maybe 15:00 ish?
I'm in Basel but can meet at HB in Zurich. There are literally no current meet ups that I can find for this, which I find very surprising.


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Re: Zurich street parade 2016

Be careful! There will once again (apparently) be more than 1,000,000 people at the parade on Saturday,(A new record). Based on the total Swiss population this means that at least 40,000 will be coming from Basel, many of them by train as the roads will be blocked. Make sure you start early.
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Be careful! There will once again (apparently) be more than 1,000,000 people at the parade on Saturday,(A new record). Based on the total Swiss population this means that at least 40,000 will be coming from Basel, many of them by train as the roads will be blocked. Make sure you start early.
Seconded. I think the street parade starts at 1pm so you will have a difficult time commuting to here
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There are literally no current meet ups that I can find for this, which I find very surprising.


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Louise,

Given the number of people who attend, their attire, and behaviour, you don't really need a piece of software to ensure that you won't miss them. Think of it as a meetup with nearly a million attendees.

The train will be absolutely packed, at a rough guess 80-90% of the travellers will be on their way to the Street parade. You may find the odd family of unsuspecting tourists, or distracted Pokemon go players, but they will be easy to spot.

Have fun.
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Re: Zurich street parade 2016

I'm going with a few people from Basel. PM me if you want to join.

There should be no problem getting there by train. Normally there are extra train services to deal with the additional demand.
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Louise,

Given the number of people who attend, their attire, and behaviour, you don't really need a piece of software to ensure that you won't miss them. Think of it as a meetup with nearly a million attendees.

The train will be absolutely packed, at a rough guess 80-90% of the travellers will be on their way to the Street parade. You may find the odd family of unsuspecting tourists, or distracted Pokemon go players, but they will be easy to spot.

Have fun.

Every year is the same. People really believe that there will be 1m people in Zurich - because the media says so.


Just think about it.


I would guess 40-50,000 'attendees'. At the most.
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Every year is the same. People really believe that there will be 1m people in Zurich - because the media says so.


Just think about it.


I would guess 40-50,000 'attendees'. At the most.
It'll be a million or so with churn. That is the total number of people that attend the event during the 12 or so hours that it runs. There won't probably won't be a million people present at the same time.

That said a million people will just about fit into 0.09 square kilometres though.
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Re: Zurich street parade 2016

I have warned my children not to go!


I have a bad feeling that something is going to happen and a panic will be caused. I was at Zurifest a few years back and got caught in a bit of a squeeze and people around were starting to panic!!! I feel like the Swiss authorities don`t have that much experiance with very, very large crowd control?


Maybe I`m just feeling a bit nervous with all the troubles latley, but cant help but feel this parade could be a target for extremists!
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Re: Zurich street parade 2016

Actually, at this year's zurifest I got into a squeeze. I had to be a human shield to stop a friend from being crushed by the crowd.

I think if you avoid the choke points, you will be OK.
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Re: Zurich street parade 2016

Does anybody know any booth /stall/shop selling cheap stuff to wear for the parade? I plan to buy tomorrow morning. Thanks
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Street Parade

Is it time to bury it,leave it as it is or transform it into something else?
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Is it time to bury it,leave it as it is or transform it into something else?
Happened to be at the very first street parade, because I was looking for a parking spot at the Opern House open-air parking. Got pissed off at not being able to find a place to park, as it was taken up by Hippie vans playing loud music.

In later years, made sure to visit it - it was a sign that Zürich was changing.
Even progressed to watching it from the Swiss Re buildings while drinking champagne when employed there at some-point. Now avoid it like the plague, and just listen to it / watch it from my terrasse.

Started off as a good turning point for Swiss culture, but it really does need a boost to prevent it from degenerating into total boredom.

At least this year should be good though weather wise!
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Happened to be at the very first street parade, because I was looking for a parking spot at the Opern House open-air parking. Got pissed off at not being able to find a place to park, as it was taken up by Hippie vans playing loud music.

In later years, made sure to visit it - it was a sign that Zürich was changing.
Even progressed to watching it from the Swiss Re buildings while drinking champagne when employed there at some-point. Now avoid it like the plague, and just listen to it / watch it from my terrasse.

Started off as a good turning point for Swiss culture, but it really does need a boost to prevent it from degenerating into total boredom.
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Yeah, would prefer Tina Turner - she only lives up the street .
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Re: Zurich street parade 2016

Enjoy da street parade. I'll be happy staying away from this humongous crowd and loud music. Grumpy me says it's better to do something else than being surrounded by masses of bodies ejecting sweat, booze, swearing and party animals.
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Happened to be at the very first street parade, because I was looking for a parking spot at the Opern House open-air parking.
Ha! We must have been meters from each other! I was just around the corner doing a system upgrade that weekend.

Admit it, you've been stalking me since then.

I don't see why it should be eliminated or modified. There was a lot of teeth clucking at the time, but on the whole it isn't a bad thing (in my opinion).
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Enjoy da street parade. I'll be happy staying away from this humongous crowd and loud music. Grumpy me says it's better to do something else than being surrounded by masses of bodies ejecting sweat, booze, swearing and party animals.
It's more the urine aroma the day after that get's me.
I'm fine with everything else.
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Ha! We must have been meters from each other! I was just around the corner doing a system upgrade that weekend.

Admit it, you've been stalking me since then.

I don't see why it should be eliminated or modified. There was a lot of teeth clucking at the time, but on the whole it isn't a bad thing (in my opinion).
I find it great - don't visit anymore, but it's a great thing for Switzerland. The yodelling was admittedly getting a bit boring up until then.
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It's more the urine aroma the day after that get's me.
I'm fine with everything else.
As usual, it will all be cleaned up the next day but whole idea of human excreta and urine left by crowds of buggers makes me evacuate and spend idyllic weekend on countryside. Well except that fertilizer and cow and horse shit may spoil the ideal weekend.
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Re: Zurich street parade 2016

And just think.

Us Genevans shall be listening to dulcet music whilst watching our World Famous Fireworks!!

Where ever you are - have a great day!! It's going to be Scorchio!!
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