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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 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"


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