The decades old "Tanzverbot," or dance ban, applies to all clubs, discos and other forms of organized dancing in all German states.
In a country that takes pride in its disco traditions—immortalized by Mike Myers's Dieter character in Saturday Night Live's "Sprockets" sketch—the ban has begun to chafe.
At a rally in the center of Frankfurt on Thursday, a couple dozen protesters gathered to call for an end to the ban. The rally's slogan: "I'll let you pray—you let me dance."
Political activists, pirates and a person in a hot-pink bunny costume were all in attendance as observers stopped by booths set up with information in the busy shopping district.