German-American friendship celebrated

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17 September 2007, New York (dpa) - Thousands of people celebrated German-American friendship Saturday at New York's annual Steuben Parade.

17 September 2007

New York (dpa) - Thousands of people celebrated German-American friendship Saturday at New York's annual Steuben Parade.

The parade recognizes Steuben Day, a German-American ethnic festival named for Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben (1730-1793), a Prussian officer sent to aid the American colonials in their revolt against the British Empire. His work as drillmaster to organize and professionalize the Continental Army was considered a key to the success of the War of Independence.

On Saturday, marching bands and folk dancers paraded down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger, a German-born naturalized American whose family fled the Nazi persecution of Jews, served as grand marshal of the procession, which celebrated its 50th anniversary. The parade was followed by a festival in New York's famed Central Park.

German-American clubs from across the US and Canada participated, as well as 50 cultural groups visiting from Germany.

One in four US citizens has German ancestry, making them the country's largest ethnic group.

DPA

Subject: German news

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