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Thousands of people march in world's longest parade

The Local · 3 Jul 2011, 13:02

Published: 03 Jul 2011 13:02 GMT+02:00

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Around 5,000 marksmen and 5,000 musicians from more than 100 marching bands made their way through the streets of the northern German city in a parade that lasted three hours.

Carnival associations, folk groups and around 15 parade floats also took part and, despite the poor weather conditions, thousands of onlookers gathered along the 12-kilometre-long route.

Economics Minister and Free Democrats leader Philipp Rösler, as well as Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen of Chancellor Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats also marched in the parade.

The Sunday procession is the highpoint of the 10-day Marksmen’s Fair, the biggest festival of its kind in the world, attracting over 1.5 million visitors each year.

The annual festival, which dates back to the 15th century, was originally a celebration of archery skills and evolved into a display of target shooting prowess.

The festival now also incorporates a funfair, beer tents and a massive fireworks display. The landmark of the funfair is the highest transportable Ferris wheel in the world. It is 60 metres high and can transport 420 people in 42 cabins.

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17:11 July 3, 2011 by Englishted
I hope this was not arranged through Facebook ?.
23:26 July 3, 2011 by wood artist

Nah, this is a traditional thing, probably 100% scheduled and permitted.

On the other hand, judging from the picture, there are also a number of "markswomen" marching. Is the term generic in German? Dunno. It's not a big thing to me, but...well...there's always somebody out there who notices such things.

07:17 July 4, 2011 by toemag
Guess this wouldn't have happened had they managed to ban all those nasty firearms a couple of years ago.
16:50 July 4, 2011 by MrBowlocks
And what fun there is to be had! Mardi Gras in Rio is like a funeral in comparison! Those Brazilians just can't seem to let go and enjoy themselves!
09:53 July 6, 2011 by moistvelvet
I think the Romans probably had longer marches.
06:53 July 14, 2011 by error
On July 5th, 2011 the LIONS INTERNATION CONVENTION PARADE in Seattle, WA had over 12,000 Lion members walking plus Bands and Lions on Floats. I think the Lions International have had the Largest Parade in the World.
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