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List of largest peaceful gatherings in history

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This is a list of the largest historic peaceful gatherings of people in one place for a single event. For brevity, only gatherings in excess of 1 million are recorded.

An estimated 30 million people visited the Allahabad Kumbh Mela on a single day: 10 February 2013, the day of Mauni Amavasya

20 million and over

10 million to 20 million

An estimated 15–18 million pilgrims, primarily Shia Muslims, gathered at Imam Husayn Shrine in Karbala (Iraq) in 2013

Five million to ten million

Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series victory parade and rally attracted over 5 million people

Two to five million

Over 2 million people attended the parade and rally celebrating the Chicago Blackhawks winning the 2013 Stanley Cup finals

One to two million

Methodology

One method of determining how many people are at an event is the scientific analysis of photographs, video images, or both. Based on the quality of the image, it is possible to do a physical head count or to estimate attendance based on the density of people within similar areas. This permits the estimation of people over large areas or where parts of the image are obscured. An extensive discussion of how images were used to estimate the number of attendees at the Million Man March can be found at the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University's website.[127]

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