in DC: 5th Annual Parade of Trabants

Looking for something unique (and free) to do this Saturday in DC? Make your way down to the International Spy Museum at 8th & F Sts NW to see their Fifth Annual Parade of Trabants

The Berlin Wall is long gone, but one Cold War icon is still chugging away–the Trabant. Despite their questionable performance and smoky two-stroke engines, these little cars are now affectionately regarded as a symbol of East Germany and the fall of Communism. On November 5th some of the finest examples in the U.S. will chug their way to the International Spy Museum to celebrate our Fifth Annual Parade of Trabants

The festivities will take place this Saturday from 10a to 4p and are free. Events include a parade of vintage Trabants, a raffle to win a ride, and experts on hand to answer questions about the cars, the Cold War and Communism. Live music from German Band Blaskapelle Alte Kameraden1 and Stasi training films to get a glimpse at East German Secret Police methods and techniques.

Something for Cold War buffs, vintage car buffs or just those looking to get some good photos. Given that it’s taking place pretty much all-day, and a free event at a privately-owned museum, I’ll be swinging by at some point. I’ve yet to really visit any of the non-free museums2 in DC so this should be a treat.

1 Gesundheit!

2 I think it’s just hard to get used to the idea of paying admission for a museum when you’ve been in DC long enough. But I have been to many of their gift shops.

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