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April 2015

German American Friendship Month Starting to Take Shape!

As we head into the Spring and Summer Festival season, the German-American Steuben Parade Committee has started to outline the new German-American Friendship Month activities for the 2015 Parade season!

Here are but a few activities already planned around the 58th annual Parade…

To kick off the month of September, we begin with a very special dinner-lecture sponsored in part by the Steuben Society of America. The Erik Kurtz Memorial Award will be presented to Dr. Robert A. Selig, Professor of History at Hope College in Michigan, and Contributing Editor for German Life Magazine. He will receive the prestigious award during a ceremony at Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square, NY on Weds, September 2nd.

Back by popular demand, on Wednesday, September 9, we are proud to present Yorkville / Kleindeutschesland historian, Kathy Jolowicz, at the Kolping House on east 88th Street in Manhattan. Kathy will be presenting her Exhibit Lecture entitled "The History of Yorkville / Kleindeutscheland: An Exhibit / Lecture … The Lost NYC Era of the 30's through the 60's."

One of the most popular events year after year is the "NYC German-Pub Crawl" in Manhattan. This event is always a sellout, and always a fun time! Two double deck buses visit 4 German Pubs in NY City! There are special Beer promotions at every stop, and there are drink specials from Parade sponsor Niche Import Co! This event will be held on Saturday, September 12; locations soon to be announced!

Previous Miss German-America Queens will be guest bartending on Monday, September 14 at the Hofbrau Biernaus NYC during VERY special Happy Hour event! Our former Parade queens will be back again this year to help us count down 5 days prior to the 58th annual Parade!

The Gala Banquet the night before the German American Steuben Parade is a must do! Currently plans are being formalized for a gala event like none other, honoring the Grand Marshals of the next day's Parade! More news on that in a few weeks.

The Citifield Oktoberfest has become the traditional end of the Parade Season in NYC. Join us as we celebrate the Oktoberfest season with the NY Mets on Friday night, October 2nd. More info to come.

There are more events being planned for Friendship Month, and details will be announced in the next few weeks! Stay tuned to tour website for more information on those activities already listed, and activities yet to come!

German-American Steuben Parade's Oktoberfest In Central Park

The German-American Steuben Parade's Oktoberfest in Central Park Committee is proud to announce the two headlining bands for this year's Oktoberfest event, scheduled for Saturday, September 19, from 2 pm to 7 pm. As always, it will be held in Central Park's Rumsey Playfield.

The German-American band "SPITZE" will be in town from Orlando, Florida once again, playing their own , mix of traditional and modern German music! The band has been featured at many of the most prominent German Festivals in the USA, and was toured for nearly a month in Germany! Their musical talents, energetic stage presence and unmatched sound of their EXPLOSIVE horn section are what makes this seven piece band hot and in demand from coast to coast.

Back after a two year absence, the one and only, Grammy nominee Alex Meixner will also be gracing the big stage, along with his band! Alex has been headlining music festivals throughout the US and overseas for years! He has had concert performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, with his band in Ireland in 2014, and with his own jazz and ethnic ensembles all over the US. His music features a unique mix of jazz, classical, pop, polka and many ethnic folk music genres, in a very high energy setting!

Also scheduled for this year's Oktoberfest celebration is the 7th annual "US National Masskrugstemmen Championship" - the official US stein holding championship! This event is co-sponsored by Hobrau Munchen, S & H Importers, and the German-American Steuben Parade. Contestants representing select locations from all over the U.S. will be flown to NYC to compete for the national title, and a trip for two to Munich Germany!

How do you get tickets to this year's Oktoberfest in Central Park?

Tickets will be going on sale in July, and will go very quickly! Please check our website and our Facebook Pages the next few weeks for an announcement on the when tickets go on sale!

This event is not to be missed!

On facebook look for:

"Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben"

or find us at

"Friends and Fans of the German-American Steuben Parade"


March 2015

Looking for Miss German-America 2015

Who will be Miss German-America 2015, Queen of the 58th German-American Steuben Parade of New York? As spokeswoman for the New York Steuben Parade, the Queen and her court will promote the New York Steuben Parade by attending many events in the greater NYC area.

Responsibilities include:

  • Weekend events (and one or two weeknight events) June 2015 through October 2015
  • Represent Miss German-America at the Steuben Parade Mayor's reception
  • 58th NY Steuben Parade Saturday September 19th, 2015 and parade weekend events (including City Hall Park Friday 11am, banquet Friday eve, church service 9am Saturday, parade Saturday, Central Park Saturday after the parade, Oompahfest Sunday)
  • Philadelphia Steuben Parade Oct 3rd, 2015 (banquet Friday 7pm, noon church service, parade Saturday 2pm, after parade fest Saturday)


  • Must be 18-25 years of age, single, and an American citizen with a German background
  • Must have general knowledge of the German language
  • Must be able to participate in the events
  • Must be able to attend the Crowning Ceremony on Sunday May 17th, 2015 in NYC

Application and deadlines:

  • Submit application, resume, cover letter, and recent photo by April 15th, 2015

  • Application for Miss German-America
    Application for Steuben Parade Jr Princess & Jr General

  • Via postal mail to:
    Connie Rom
    88-67 Myrtle Avenue
    Glendale, NY 11385
  • Via email to:
    (documents submitted per email should be separate attachments with the applicant's lastname_firstname in the title of the document (e.g. LastnameFirstname-MGAapplication, LastnameFirstname-resume, LastnameFirstname-photo)
  • Candidates must participate in person in an interview 10am-noon on Sunday, May 17th, 2015
  • The position of Queen, First and Second runner up will be announced at the Crowning Ceremony on Sunday May 17th, 2015

The committee is encouraging all eligible candidates to apply! more

February 2015

As Karneval was just recently celebrated in Germany our former Miss German America, Kristina Kren, looks back on her trip to Cologne last March.

I am so thankful to have been given the opportunity to travel over to Köln for Karneval last March. The trip was truly a once in a lifetime experience. I was fortunate enough to be able to travel with my mother, where we were invited to stay in a little town on the outskirts of Köln, called Hürth.more

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