Munich, Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Parade

September 24, 2012

This is part 2 of my Oktoberfest series. I’ll try to keep it short and stick with mostly pictures, as I have so many to share. In case you missed the first post, click here.

The first day of Oktoberfest can be described as the most important day. The really motivated drinkers line up as early as 7am to reserve a primo spot in one of the tents. But if you ask me the second day is the more colorful one. Maybe it was just the picture perfect weather {a blue sky and sunshine makes a big difference} but it felt like the second parade was the nicer one of the two. I’m assuming that the first parade is the more important one since it’s about the beer but the second parade is the one I’d go to if I had to pick.

The costume parade, as the name suggests is all about the costumes. Not only does it showcase some of the most colorful and delicate looking Dirndls I have ever seen, but it also boasts some great traditional live music and is more interactive than the beer keg parade.

When the parade started I was a bit disappointed as the first 20 minutes weren’t what I had expected. This was what it looked like:

Oktoberfest Parade 3

Oktoberfest Parade 4

Instead of showcasing great costumes the parade actually started with lots of different advertisement floats and cars. I thought that this was not very traditional and sort of inappropriate for the event but luckily after another 20 minutes of waiting the actual parade finally started.DSC_0426

The parade displayed a variety of different costumes dating back several hundred years ago. There was a nice mix of new and old and the traditional music that accompanied the parade for the 2+ hours made it all the more funky.





I believe the overall length of the parade was close to 5km so I did feel sorry for those who had to carry heavy instruments or props. Others were more lucky…




There were several different themes and although the focus was laid on Bavarian costumes people from different countries took part in the parade. Some of these costumes were breathtaking and so full of color.




One of my favorites was the Jäger {hunter} theme which reminded me of my grandpa.



Oktoberfest Parade 6

Lots of music!



Even more color!




And lots of creativity was involved.

Oktoberfest Parade 5

There’s some things you will only find in Munich! And that’s why I love it here!!!



Have a great week!!!!

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  • Reply Eloïse September 25, 2012 at 10:14 am

    I wish I were there, it looks so cool !!! I also saw the pics in the tent with the Krafties, I guess you had a great time !!! Have fun !

  • Reply Nina September 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    This parade was my favorite too!

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