The annual German-American Day Parade will take place Saturday morning in downtown New Ulm as part of the city’s Oktoberfest festivities. The parade is sponsored by the German-Bohemian Heritage Society. Spokesperson George Glotzbach says that everyone is welcome to participate. He says it’s a “People’s Parade” that you can just show up for with your family and friends and march behind your family name. The German-American Day Parade will form at the Glockenspiel in downtown New Ulm beginning at 10:30am Saturday, and will then get underway at 11. Parade participants will travel 4 blocks to the downtown Oktoberfest celebration on Center Street, which also begins at 11. New this year to the parade, the New Ulm Actors Community Theater has orchestrated a troupe of Chimney Sweeps to march in the parade. In European culture seeing a chimney sweep is considered good luck. The royalty of the German-American Mardi Gras Association will be serving as the Grand Marshalls of the parade as well. New Ulm’s Oktoberfest celebrations get underway at 6pm today (FRI) at the Holiday Inn. KNUJ will be broadcasting from the festivities also!