Swing and Boggie days in Dresden at the Dixieland Festival

Swing and Boogie days in Dresden at the Dixieland Festival

From a weekend in Dresden, May 2017


After a fun few days in Hamburg, Dresden was next on the itinerary.

As a first-time visitor to this city, I was curious to see if Dresden was as beautiful as I’d heard.

Well, it certainly lived up to expectations.

The city is very different from other German cities I’ve visited, notably Hamburg, Berlin, and Cologne.

For starters, it’s more relaxing and quieter, and full of friendly people.

Dresden is a lovely city – one worth spending a few days to explore all it has to offer.

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The Dixieland Dresden “New Orleans” -style festival

The Pullman Dresden Newa provided a great home away from home for the duration of my stay in Dresden.

It’s not far from the train station and it is at the start of Prager Street.

Prager Street (Strasse) marks the beginning of the Dixieland festival area and as you stroll the length of it, you’ll encounter music scenes all the way to the Altmarkt (and maybe find yourself dancing more often than walking!).

There’s plenty of opportunities to stop along the way and sample the fabulous food and drink available at the stalls set up in the street.

I tried some very good German red wines and, of course, the local Dresden beer Feldschlösschen (one of the main festival sponsors).

The music started around 11 o’clock in the morning and closed down at 8 o’clock in the evening.

The closing time was a little early for my taste, but if that’s what it takes to keep the neighborhood happy so the festival can continue, I can live with it.

Everywhere you go, you are caught up in the sound of the fabulous swing music that quickly had you tapping your feet and swaying to the beat.

Swing dancing was the order of the day.

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The Dixieland Parade on Sunday

On Sunday around 4 o’clock in the afternoon, people started to line up along the route ready for the big Dixieland parade.

A fleet of trucks carried the bands as they played their festival farewells.

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Lending a touch of nostalgia to the atmosphere, were the original former East-German police and ambulance cars.

This year it was a very short parade, which was over within an hour.

It was fun and entertaining and would have been even better if it had lasted an hour or more …

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Photos from the Dixieland Festival in Dresden

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