A few months we went to the parade held on the first day of Oktoberfest. It was a nice experience, especially since it was the first parade of this type i’ve seen so far. The parade consists of carriages filled with beer and wine barrels, music, good mood, people wearing traditional costumes .The dresses are called “Dirndl” and the pants “Lederhosen” and can be bought in almost every store with clothes from Munich. This spectacle is held every year before the crazy fest begins is followed then by the tapping of the first Oktoberfest-beer-barrel by the mayor in the Schottenhamel Tent.
As usual in this time of year the subway stations from Munich were filled with tourists wearing traditional German costumes.
They were all going towards Theresienwiese, the place where the fest takes place. As announced in the program of Oktoberfest (http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/navitem/About+the+Oktoberfest/), the parade started around 11 o’clock.
Preparing for the parade
Traditional Oktoberfest Costumes
There was no way to miss the spectacle because everybody was going in that direction. After a few minutes we’ve found a good place for taking pictures and soon the parade began. The bier tent patrons arrived one by one in carriages beautiful decorated. The parade lasted around 30-40 minutes and it was very family friendly( i’ve seen many people with small children around me). Around 12 o’clock the parade was finished and everybody headed towards the 14 beer tents, bratwursts and entertainment.
For info on the location,program of Oktoberfest check www.oktoberfest.de
If you want to enter a beer tent you have to wait in line.To avoid that you can reserve a place online
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