Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

German-American Steuben Day Parade NYC (September 19, 2015)

“Since 1957 when the first German-American Steuben Parade marched on Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood, Queens, Germanic heritage and culture have proudly been on display in New York City as the Steuben Parade has grown into the largest event of its kind in the United States. With its colorful regional costumes or Trachten, marching bands, decorated floats, social groups and dance groups, no other cultural event in New York City is as entertaining or beloved as the Steuben Parade.

Each September the participants come together to honor their German, Austrian and Swiss-American culture and traditions and to applaud the achievements of the many Germanic immigrants to the United States. The parade also celebrates the enduring friendships between our countries – friendships that have helped end the Cold War, felled the Berlin Wall and created partnerships with far-reaching political, economic and entrepreneurial results.”

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