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'I do' redux

Martin and Katie Luther's wedding provides summer entertainment for Wittenberg, Germany

Under the gaze of Martin Luther's statue and in the shadow of Castle Church, Wittenberg's cobbled streets host tourists and fun-lovers each year for "Luther's Wedding."

Townspeople compete each year to be "Martin and Katie." Throngs line the streets five- and six-deep to see the 650 locals who re-create Reformation trade guilds and parade in period costumes from Lutherhalle to city hall.

Skits, jugglers, singing groups, Dixieland and rock bands, "oldies but goldies," Bach and Handel, lectures, children's shows, demonstrations of 16th-century handcrafts — all in easy walking distance of each other on the city's two main streets — entertain the crowd. You can eat at the Burgbratery or from a pig on a spit. At night, fireworks explode between the towers of the Stadtkircke (city church).


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