Over 100,000 celebrate 30 years since fall of Berlin Wall

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Legendary GDR Trabant (Trabi) cars,drive in front of a control tower of the former GDR border guard forces during a symbolic wall opening, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the falling wall in the outdoor area of the German-German museum in Moedlareuth, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. Moedlareuth, named 'Little Berlin', was the symbol of a divided village along the borderline between East and West Germany. The border ran straight through the little village. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

BERLIN – Police and organizers say more than 100,000 people took part in an open-air party celebrating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Despite the cold and damp, crowds flocked to Berlin's Brandenburg Gate late Saturday for music and fireworks.

The boulevard leading up to the Brandenburg Gate was covered with a giant rainbow-colored net made of 100,000 streamers, many with messages of love and peace, created by American artist Patrick Shearn.

Elsewhere in the city, images and video of the events around the Nov. 9, 1989 fall of the wall were projected onto buildings.

In the once-divided town of Moedlareuth, auto enthusiasts re-enacted the moment when East Germans first cross the border in their modest 'Trabi' cars to the cheers of welcoming West Germans.


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