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Good Info from our Fahnenträger

Klaus Vikari, Gauverband Fahnenträger, has written the following that is especially important to those Fahnenträger who will be going to the Münchener Oktoberfest.

I would like to thank all of the Fahnenträger for a beautiful parade of Flags at the 28. Gaufest in Atlantic City.  The representation was full of color and excitement!  We have more great events coming up in the next year! Our next major event is the big showing of our Verein Fahne in München at the Trachtenzug for the 2022 Oktoberfest. 

I would like to go over a few reminders for all Fahnenträger as to the proper appearance and items that are to be worn.  Hutschnurr, Joppe, Sash (either Weiss u. Blau or Weiss u. Grun,) Belts and Straps are to be worn UNDER the Joppe. NO GLOVES, these are not part of the Tracht.  This should be the same set up for the Fahnenträger and their “guards.”  Since this is a long parade and your “guards” may be helping to carry at times, please make sure they have their straps on beforehand so a smooth switch can be made. (Please refer to Article 4 in the Fahnenträger Handbook that is on the Gauverband website.)

It is still early enough to take a look at the sashes to see if they need to be cleaned or repaired. Velvet Sashes should be taken to the dry cleaners for pressing and cleaning. Nylon/Synthetic can be HANDWASHED and hung to dry.

Now the most important part!

Please make sure your Fahne is in good condition, proper case to travel, Spitz is protected in the case, BOTH poles are packed and ready. Check the connections on the poles and make sure that they are tight and not in jeopardy of separating or stripping when putting the poles together.

These reminders should always be in effect, not just for this parade. All events that your Verein presents its Fahne the Fahnenträger should be in “uniform” with what is expected. BE PROUD TO BE THE FAHNENTRÄGER! This is an extremely important job and a great honor to carry your Verein Fahne! You are the first representative that people see in a parade, church, or Parade of Flags for a Gaufest, make them Proud!

If anyone has a question or concern, please feel free to email me and I will answer any and all questions!

Mit einen Fahnengruss!

M. Klaus Vikari, Gauverband Nordamerika Fahnenträger,

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