Star parade was an elaborate music show which was filmed in different venues across Germany. Each show was broadcast for approximately 90 minute and showcased different music and short interviews with the artists, many of whom were international stars, as well as more local to Germany and reflected the international reach of the programme that was sold to various broadcasters outside of Germany. Initially, Starparade was scheduled for Saturday night, but was later moved to Thursday. The series was initially due to be filmed in Colour, but the first 13 episodes were transmitted in Black and white. These Black and White recordings with the exception of the first episode have been lost and are no longer in the ZDF archive.
The Starparade, true to its name, featured popularly, sometimes internationally famous acts, who would usually sing multiple songs. It featured domestic stars like Heino alongside international artists such as Johnny Cash, Boney M, Neil Diamond and ABBA. Alongside this, James Last's orchestra played instrumentals, at times even classical music. Every show also featured the official television ballet ensemble, which performed at least two dances, such that every show began with the opening music by Last's orchestra and a dance.
Episode 14 ( 30/9/1971) featured Max Greger and his orchestra
During the 1975 International Broadcasting Exhibition, a consumer electronics fair held annually in Berlin, digital technology made it possible to exhibit the show on a wall of TV screens, with each screen contributing a fraction to the complete picture.
In 1979 Scottish Television acquired the UK rights to the series. STV repackage Star parade with all the German compere being taken out and new English continuity added in. Each episode was 60 minutes long and were screened from 1979 - 1985 by each of the 15 ITV companies in the United kingdom.