Monday, August 01, 2005

love parade returns to san francisco

story by Betty Kang ~ San Francisco, CA - The world's largest electronic music festival triumphantly returns to San Francisco on Saturday, September 24, 2005. Mark your calendars now for what promises to be one of the pre-eminent electronic music events in the world and a landmark event for the United States.

A full "Loveweekend" of festivities is planned, beginning Friday, September 23rd and running through Sunday, September 25th, with the main event - the Loveparade — on Saturday, September 24th. This year's parade promises to be even bigger and better, with an expected 75,000 attendees marching up San Francisco's Market Street to Love Parade's new festival location at the Civic Center.

Unlike any parade the City has seen, the Loveparade is a "no spectators" event, with revelers encouraged to dress outrageously and dance alongside floats for the entire length of the route. Founded in Berlin in 1989, the event has grown to over 1.5 million attendees by 2000, with Mexico City, Santiago de Chile, and Tel Aviv all playing host to international Loveparades.

The inaugural Loveparade San Francisco 2004 was an extraordinary event, with over 37,000 revelers from all over California, across the US, and as far away as Europe, Australia and Asia attending the City's biggest new event. 30 Floats carried over 220 DJs spinning house, techno, trance, new school breaks, drum and bass, jungle, and underground hip hop — including some of the most renowned names in the industry. This year is already shaping up to host one of the most exciting lineups in U.S. history with many globe-trotting DJs being confirmed to be a part of this memorable event. The full lineup will be announced shortly.

Loveparade San Francisco has also partnered with Headline Shirts as their exclusive merchandising partner. Headline Shirts will be supplying DJs and attendees with official Loveparade San Francisco apparel to include t-shirts and accessories. There is a limited edition, pre-event shirt - now available online at the official Loveparade web site. For the first design, Loveparade San Francisco 2005 is paying homage to the iconic Highway 101. The design sports a road yellow ink design on an asphalt colored shirt. New designs, as well as a full range of apparel will be made available throughout the summer. All Loveparade San Francisco apparel is designed and produced locally and made to the same high standards as the rest of the Headline Shirts product line. That means sweatshop-free design, stitching, printing and vintage washing and only eco-friendly water-based inks on super-soft, tag-less shirts.

In its first year, Loveparade San Francisco 2004 was named Best New Music Festival by the San Francisco Weekly in its 10th anniversary "Best of San Francisco 2005" edition, voted runner-up for "Best 2004 International One-Off Event" by URB Magazine and its readers, and was nominated for Best 2004 Dance Event at the Winter Music Conference's 2005 International Dance Awards, held in Miami, Florida this past March.

The weekend of September 24th & 25th is a very busy weekend in San Francisco, so please make your travel plans now, some hotels are already completely full, so be sure to book soon! Special Love Parade rates can be booked through their travel partner.

For more information on Loveparade, including official events, sponsors, and partners, as well as travel and festival details, please visit the web site at LoveParadeSF.org. Additional festival details and exciting pre-and-post parties & events to be announced.

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