German city of Dresden marks beginning of Christmas with giant cake

23rd Stollenfest festival takes place in the German city of Dresden.

A German city marks the beginning of its Christmas season with a parade and the world’s largest Christmas cake.

The 23rd edition of the ceremony called Stollenfest kicked off in the Germany city of Dresden in front of tens of thousands of people.

The annual event started with a parade during which a giant cake was carried to Dresden’s Stritzel-market on a horse-driven carriage.

The 2000-kilogram traditional cake was cut by the head baker using an over-sized knife. It was then distributed among the lucky crowd.

The cake was made in over a week by more than 60 bakers. Like all the years before, slices of the cake were sold with all the proceeds going to charity.

Baking the cake in Dresden dates back to over five centuries ago. The cake is usually made of marzipan, nuts, berries and cinnamon.

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