Lincoln Square is already full of festival tents, because the 90th annual German-American Fest kicks off this evening at 6 p.m.
Saturday at 2 p.m. the Fest kicks into high gear with the annual Von Steuben Day Parade up Lincoln Avenue.
The parade starts at the intersection of Lincoln, Damen, and Irving Park Road and progresses about a mile north to Western Avenue where it wraps up at the German-American Festival in Lincoln Square.
The annual gathering is one the most visible indications of Lincoln Square’s German heritage, featuring scores of lederhosen-wearing volunteers and more open Hofbrau steins than you can shake a leberkase at.
This year outgoing Mayor Richard M. Daley will lead the parade, as he has for every Von Steuben Parade in recent memory.
If you haven’t gone to the parade in the past, it’s a low-key, family-friendly affair with lots of floats for local German-American groups, classic cars, high school marching bands, and, as we said before, lots of lederhosen.
If you’re looking for something different to do this year, you can really spice up your experience by marching in the parade with the Center Square Journal team! We’ll have CSJ T-shirts as well as drinks and snacks for our crew. Interested? Drop us an email.