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Love Parade in Berlin
Around 300,000 techno-music enthusiasts took to the streets of Berlin as part of the annual Love Parade. Environmentalists had tried to stop the Love Parade, as they feared Berlin Central Park would be damaged.
It's known as the world's biggest and brashest dance music party. The organizers are calling this year a modest love parade. But Berlin's most flamboyant annual get-together still draws the crowds. Half a million ravers packed into Berlin City Square with one sole aim - to have the time of their lives.
Confusion over whether the open-air party was going ahead kept the numbers well below last year's million plus. But hundreds of DJs including some of Europe's top acts kept the crowds entertained. In this annual celebration of love and joy, pulsating techno-music throbbed along two routes bisecting Berlin's Tear Garden Park as revelers converged from the city's Victory Column where for the exhibitionists. It was clearly their night.
But the love parade hasn't made everybody happy. A small group of environmentalists who thought the party would ruin the park got the procession postponed for a week. That meant the parade lost its status as a demonstration and the organizers had to pick up the half-million dollar bill for clearing up the rubbish. Organizers say they don't want to pour cold water on the celebrations but they say the party whose motto is "Love, Joy and Pancakes" may have to move elsewhere next year. Ade Akintonwa BBC News.
environmentalist n. 环境保护论者，环境论者
brash a. 仓促的，傲慢的
flamboyant a. 辉耀的，华丽的
pulsate v. 跳动，有规律地跳动
throb v. 充满活力
bisect v. 切成两分，对开
reveler n. 饮酒狂欢者
converge v. 会聚
motto n. 题词，格言