A Schützenfest a traditional festival or fair featuring a target shooting competition. This male dominated sport is mostly found in northern Germany. The winner of the competition becomes the Schützenkönig ("king of marksmen") until the next year's competition. The festivals are found in small villages and large towns.
The commercially-organized Schützenfest of Hanover, Germany, is the largest marksmen's funfair in the world with more than 5,000 marksmen, 250 rides and inns, 5 large beer tents, and the "Marksmen's Parade". The parade, with more than 10,000 participants from Germany and all over the world and more than 100 bands, is 7.5 miles long. It is the longest parade in the world.
Presenter: Warren Mitchell