May Day in Berlin Was a Playground for Happy Idiots

By Luke Atcheson, Photos: Grey Hutton

There's something about May Day in Berlin that seems to capture the city's essence. For one day every year, the streets of the Kreuzberg neighborhood fill with police, bold stoners, and all sorts of idiots—idiots in bathtubs, idiots in gorilla suits, idiots who cut drugs in phone booths, and idiots who parade dogs around in prams. Which—despite the second-hand embarrassment I'm getting from these pictures—must also be a sign that I should be happy for the Germans. After all, as most of the Western world used the day to rail in protest, the atmosphere in Berlin was far more jubilant. I've never heard the one about the capoeirista gang starting a riot.

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