German-American Steuben Parade of New YorkThe Annual German-American Steuben Parade of New York is one of the largest observances of German heritage throughout all America and the world. With tens of thousands of German-Americans marching up Fifth Avenue every year in September, the Parade is also a showcase of the strong friendship between the two countries.
The Parade is named after General Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, who fought alongside General George Washington in the Revolutionary War and helped the Americans gain independence from Britain. While the Parade honors great German-Americans of times past, like Steuben himself, it is also a celebration of contemporary German tradition and culture. Among the Parade’s recent Grand Marshals were famous German-Americans like Donald Trump and Siegfried & Roy as well as the highest representatives from German politics.
Each year, the week preceding the Parade is officially declared German-American Friendship Week by the Mayor of New York City. That week is packed with a huge variety of German-American events showcasing a broad cultural spectrum from art exhibitions to movie nights, from concerts to sport events.
On the occasion of the 50th Annual German-American Steuben Parade the Empire State Building Company agreed to coat the top of New York's famous landmark in black,red and gold during the whole weekend. This parade held on Saturday, September 15th, 2007 was the biggest parade ever with 100,000 of marchers and spectators alongside Fifth Avenue from 63rd to 86th Street.