The Hanfparade (English: Hemp Parade ) is a hemp legalization demonstration in Berlin . It has taken place every year in August since 1997.

The traditional course of the parade floats make a prelude through the German capital. In a demonstration, give Thousands hemp and cannabis Their attention. At the end of the demonstration at closing speech takes place.

The parade offers a variety of hemp-related entertainment. The main stage offers mixes of speeches and live-music. National and international musicians entertain the visitors, which often includes high-ranking personalities from politics, culture, medicine and the legalization movement. In the speakers corner open microphone waits for contributions.

The demonstrations so far, which can be caused by the police. [1]


The 20th Anniversary of the Hanfparade took place on August 13, 2016. The motto was “Legalization is in the air”.


The next Hanfparade took place on Saturday August 7, 2010. It started at 1:00 pm with a speech between TV tower and railway station Alexanderplatz in Berlin under the slogan “Cannabis is (World) Culture”. The Hanfparade requests that the whole hemp culture, both the art of using as raw material, as food, stimulating and as medicine, is allocated to the intangible cultural heritage of prosecution.


Hanfparade took place August 1, 2009 in Berlin. The motto was “For free choice”. The demonstration started at Alexanderplatz and went to Brandenburger Tor.


The 12th Hanfparade took place on August 2, 2008 from TV Tower at Alexanderplatz to Leipziger Platz, next to Potsdamer Platz. The motto was “Youth protection, Consumer protection, Legalize”.


The 11th Hanfparade took place on August 25, 2007 in Berlin. [2]


The 10th Hanfparade took place on August 5, 2006 in Berlin. It took place under the motto, “Legalization now! Reorient your opinion instead of giving away billions!” and led a march down Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate from the Alexanderplatz Across the Oranienburger. Intermediate demonstrations took place in front of the Kunsthaus Tacheles and the British embassy. Approximately 1500 participants took part in the parade. At the Brandenburger Gate there were several hemp panels and hemp plants. The police managed to cut several thousand hemp plants down at the Brandenburger Gate, the organizers had permission for it. At the conclusion of the demonstration there was a six-hour closing speech at thePlatz of 18. März .


The Hanfparade took place on August 13, 2005 in Berlin. It took place under the motto, “We are the hemp!” – a play on the slogan ” Wir sind das Volk! “ Used by the East Germans before the opening of the inner German border . The demonstration started at 12:00 at the city hall Rotes Rathaus accompanied by five parades floats and by the citizens of Berlin city center. The parade was again smaller than the previous years with 1000 to 1200 participants. This was because of the closing speech of the responsible office for green area.

The police enacted substantial controls and wrote 24 announcements because of offenses against the BtMG (German narcotic law).


The Hanfparade took place on August 14, 2004 at the Alexanderplatz in Berlin at 12:00. About 3,500 people attended the event and 8,000 were present.


The Hanfparade began at 12:00 on August 23, 2003 with a 60-minute demonstration before the Federal Ministry of Finance at the William Road (between Leipziger Road and Niederkirchnerstrasse) in Berlin. The parade of 13 floats ran peacefully. There were announcements however due to offenses against the Betäubungsmittelgesetz.

About 5,000 demonstrators, including Hans-Christian Ströbele ( Green Party Member of the German Bundestag ), representatives of the Green Youth Party, The Left Party and the Gray Panthers Party , participated in the demonstration.


The 2002 Hanfparade included a march to the Kaiser Memorial Church Wilhelm with about 10,000 people. The participants motto was “For hemp use! Against hemp abuse! Education instead of prohibition!”

An excerpt from a speech of Hans Christian Ströbele was used in the song Gebt das Hanf frei! from Stefan Raab . [3]


“No war against plants” was the slogan of the 5th Hanfparade. The visitors having a party before marching on the Berlin City Hall. “I’m a stoner and it is good to be it!”, People were saying.


For the millennium Hanfparade participants from all over the world Demanded, “Legalize it globally.” Only a storm could be expected of the participants.


Hopes of a new and better millennium. Their motto was, “Into the future with hemp.” For the first time, representatives of all parties except the Christian Democratic Union spoke.


In the election year, nearly 50,000 people flew into Berlin under the slogan, “The fight continues,” they demanded the legalization of the new Federal Government.


Ten thousand followed the call of the Herumschweifenden Haschrebellen and HANF, registered association for the first country wide demonstration for hemp. With their route to the Brandenburger Gate they asked for “Legalization now!”


  1. Jump up^ “Bußgeld für Kiffer” (in German). Der Spiegel . August 19, 2002.
  2. Jump up^ Hanfparade website.
  3. Jump up^ David Heimburger (December 12, 2002). “Raab remembers Ströbele zu neuer Popularität” (in German). Der Spiegel .