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Published on Sep 6, 2012
On Thursday, September 6, executives and guests of the German-American Committee of Greater New York, will visit the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in recognition of German-American Friendship Month and the 55th Annual German-American Steuben Parade. To celebrate this special occasion, Miss German-America, Kirsten Mueller, will ring the opening bell, joined by Norbert Schramm, Olympic Figure Skater and Grand Marshal of the 2012 Steuben Parade, and Lars Halter, General Chairman of the Steuben Parade. The 55th German-American Steuben Parade will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 12 noon on Fifth Avenue.
Now in its 55th year, the German-American Steuben Parade will once again bring tens of thousands of spectators to Fifth Avenue to cheer for a variety of marchers from both, Germany and the United States. There are dozens of marching bands, music and dance groups, masked and costumed Karneval groups, folks in Tracht (the traditional, historic garb worn in many German regions), as well as school groups, marksmen and many others. The German-American Steuben Parade (www.GermanParadeNYC.org) is known to be one of the most colorful and diverse events of its kind, partly thanks to its wonderful floats celebrating German traditions as well as the achievements of German immigrants throughout history.
This year´s Steuben Parade will pay tribute to Revolutionary War hero General Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben as well as the German folk tale authors Brothers Grimm, who inspired American literature including the works of Walt Disney. The parade also celebrates the ongoing friendship between Germany and the United States and is part of the "Think Transatlantic" campaign by the German Information Center. (www.Germany.info/thinktransatlantic). The Steuben Parade will be led by Grand Marshals Nik Wallenda, the "King of the High Wire", and Norbert Schramm, German Olympic Figure Skater; previous Grand Marshals include Dr. Henry Kissinger, Donald Trump, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, super model Carol Alt, NYSE Euronext CEO Duncan Niederauer, and Col. Gail Halvorsen, the legendary "Candy Bomber" from the Berlin Airlift.