Celebrating St. Martin’s Day at Tuscaloosa Academy Featured

St. Martin’s Day is a beloved festival in German-speaking countries. And this year, Tuscaloosa is celebrating with a special St. Martin’s Day parade on Thursday, Nov. 9, at Tuscaloosa Academy.

The University of Alabama German Program, in conjunction with Tuscaloosa Academy, organizes this event to raise awareness about this holiday, and give the community a chance to engage with German culture.  The program begins at 5:30 p.m.

The horse-led St. Martin’s Day parade will feature children carrying homemade lanterns. In preparation for the parade, students and community members are invited to a reception, where they’ll hear about the origins and cultural significance of St. Martin’s Day. They will also be able to practice singing traditional songs (“Ich geh’ mit meiner Laterne”; "Bund sind schon die Wälder"). There will also be a raffle, and a competition for the best, most creative lantern design.

The parade will also feature the traditional cuisine of St. Martin’s Day (such as MartinsgansRotkohl, Knödel etc.) and other finger food for a small fee. The German Program at UA will provide student volunteers from both the German graduate program and the German Club to help orchestrate the day’s events. 

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