Corona Special: The Cancellation of Bridge Festivals
In both the USA as well as Germany and other European countries, communities in the summer time host bridge festivals (in German: Brückenfest), where markets and festivities take place at their beloved historic bridge. This usually takes place on a weekend and attracts thousands of visitors from all corners of the world. Because of the pandemic CoVid-19, these events are either cancelled or are about to be cancelled or postponed because of the high risk of spreading the virus. And if the Oktoberfest in Munich gets cancelled for the first time since 1949, no bridge festival is safe. Hence the information in this week’s podcast, including links.
And the headlines:
Krämerbrücke Festival in Erfurt Cancelled/ Erfurt mourns loss of longest tenant on the bridge:
Horde Bridge Fest in Dortmund Cancelled:
Nuremberg Bridge Fest at Theodor-Heuss-Brücke expected to be cancelled
Information on Bridge Fest: https://www.nuernberg.de/internet/stadtportal/brueckenfestival.html
Cancellation of events in Bavaria: https://www.antenne.de/nachrichten/bayern/corona-diese-grossveranstaltungen-in-bayern-wurden-bereits-abgesagt
Cencellation of Oktoberfest 2020 in Munich: https://flensburgerfiles.wordpress.com/2020/04/21/munich-oktoberfest-cancelled/
Brückefest in Heidelberg postponed until next year.
Karl Theodore Bridge- https://www.heidelberg.de/hd/HD/Besuchen/alte+bruecke+und+brueckentor.html
City Festivals- https://www.altheidelberg.org/veranstaltungen
Covered Bridge Festival in Elizabethon, Tennessee Called Off
Bridge Info: https://bridgehunter.com/tn/carter/bh36947/
County Bridge Tour: https://bridgehunter.com/tn/carter/
Crawfish Festival in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana Will Not Happen
Event Info: http://bbcrawfest.com/about/
Note: Further cancellations of bridge festivals are likely as the virus progresses and planners remain concern about the safety of their bridges, communities and the people who visit them in large masses. The Chronicles will continue to provide you with updates through the Newsflyer podcast as they come.
To follow up more on the Corona Virus, go to the sister website, The Flensburg Files (click here.) There, you can read up on all the stories involving CoVid-19, including events being cancelled in Germany (and Europe) and people over there who are dealing with the virus and the restriction of movements.