New York City’s 65th Annual Von Steuben Day Parade
Saturday, Sept. 17
Fifth Avenue, 68th Street to 86th Street
This year’s grand marshals: To come
Steuben Parade Mass: St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue at 50th Street, NYC
September 17 from 9:00 – 10:00 am
Central Park, Rumsey Field, Summerstage
Believe it or not this happens to be one of New Yorkled’s favorite parades. Every year when we get a chance we sneak on up to the steps in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Prime Viewing! Oh no! I gave it away. Nonetheless, you should show up for this parade and get a glimpse of all the costumes, dancing, marching and music.
Steuben, Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin, Baron von (1730-94), Prussian-American general of the American revolutionary army, born in Magdeburg, Prussia (now Germany). He fought with distinction in the Seven Years’ War (1756-63) and arrived at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1778, offering his services to Congress and to the Continental Army and its commander, George Washington. He was appointed inspector general, prepared a manual of tactics for the army, remodeled its organization, organized an efficient staff, and improved its discipline. In 1780 he sat on the court-martial of the British army officer Major John André, who was charged with espionage. In the same year he took part, as a major general, in the siege of Yorktown. After the war he received grants of land from several states, and finally Congress voted him a pension of $2400. He became an American citizen in 1783.
“Steuben, Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin, Baron von,” Microsoft® Encarta® Online Encyclopedia 2004
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