Friday, September 20, 2019

Come to The Steuben Parade!

Fall is always our busiest season at the Embassy - a time of year filled with celebrations and anniversaries. One such celebration is the Steuben Parade, one of the largest gatherings of German Americans in the world! Since 1957, German immigrants and German-Americans have marched through Manhattan on the third Saturday of every September, bringing German music, food and culture to the heart of the metropolis.

The parade is named after Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, a Prussian-born military officer who served as inspector general and major general of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Steuben's influence in the US is unquestionable, but there are many more Germans who called the US their home. For many, New York and Ellis Island served as the gateway into the country. In the 19th century, one neighborhood on the Lower East Side was even called “Kleindeutschland”, which means "little Germany." Although “Kleindeutschland” no longer exists, there are still plenty of German-Americans in the Big Apple, and they come together each year at this parade.

Marching bands, floats, dancers and German-American organizations walk in the parade, often wearing traditional German costumes, such as the Bavarian Dirndl and Lederhosen. This year, the Steuben Parade will be attended by German Ambassador Emily Haber, who has been chosen as the Grand Marshal of the parade.

If you're in New York, make sure to check out the parade for a taste of German cultureIt is on Saturday, September 21, at noon, on Fifth Avenue!

Nicole Glass, Editor, The Week in Germany

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