Sunday, September 21, 2008

2008 German-American Steuben Parade of New York

Yesterday the German-American Steuben Parade was held on Fifth Avenue. The parade featured German music and dance, traditional Trachts and crazy carnival costumes. The Steuben Parade began in 1957 as a way to celebrate German culture and camaraderie in New York City. This year, the parade included over twenty groups from Germany, as well as Grand Marshals: Ralf Moeller, the German born Hollywood Actor who starred in "Gladiator" and "Beerfest"; Duncan Niederauer, the CEO of the New York Stock Exchange, one of the most prestigious companies in the US; and Col. Gail Halvorsen, who became famous during the Berlin Airlift when he brought chocolate and chewing gum to the children of Berlin. The "Candy Bomber" is one of America's greatest veterans, a true hero and a fighter for German-American friendship. The parade brings approximately 100,000 people to New York's famed Fifth Avenue.

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