Organisers say the long-running Love Parade festival will never be held again after 19 people were killed in a stampede in western Germany.
Security measures have been criticised after this weekend’s deadly crush at an entrance tunnel to the dance music event in Duisburg near Dusseldorf.
But today police said their helicopters had seen no signs of overcrowding at the site. They estimate fewer people attended than the 1.4 million previously reported.
The electronic music celebration was first held in 1989.
“Always a peaceful event and a happy party, the Love Parade will for ever be overshadowed by yesterday’s tragic accident,” organiser Rainer Schaller told a news conference. “Out of respect for the victims, their families and friends, we will discontinue this event. This means the ‘end’ for the Love Parade.”
People from all over the world had travelled to the festival. The 16 identified victims were all aged between 20 and 40 and include an Australian, an Italian, and a Chinese and Dutch national.
None of those killed died in the tunnel itself. They were found outside near an access ramp. More than 300 people were injured.
The festival continued amid the carnage as it was feared news of the drama could spark further panic.