American Snaps #15: Steuben Parade

by awindram

“Listen, don’t mention the war! I mentioned it once, but I think I got away it all right.” Fawlty Towers

Every hyphenated American ethno grouping in the city seems to insist on a parade day. In the case of the Germans it’s a little awkward, no one really wants to watch them march in a display of national pride, so instead parade floats blast out oom-pah music or bad 80s Eurorock to better emphasize their fun beer-loving, weiner-munching side. You will hear Nena’s 99 Luftballons, you won’t hear Kraftwerk’s The Model.