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German sailors marching with an Imperial German Navy ensign.
No hate but how Were they allowed? Never seen foreign armies marching trough the streets of an independent Nation,exception being alliances. Sorry for bad English
That looks like "HF" hanging on the building there, so I’m guessing this is a photo of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration. It was a week long series of events held in 1909 on the 300 year anniversary of Henry Hudson’s discovery of the Hudson River & 100 year anniversary of the Fulton steam ship.
> Also included in the celebration were naval parades with vessels from nine countries, including 53 U.S. naval vessels, fireworks, buildings and bridges illuminated with electric light…
So no surprise to see the German navy representing. Also present–though not at the parade–was the RMS Lusitania, an ocean liner that was sunk 6 years later by the German navy during WWI with a loss of 1,200 lives.
An event also worth noting was that one of the Wright Brothers flew an airplane–here, with Lusitania in the background–around the Statue of Liberty, which would have been the first time many of these people would have witnessed fixed-wing flight.