Let the Fun Begin
On the first Sunday of the Oktoberfest, a traditional cosutme parade marches throught the streets of Munich, the Trachtenumzug.
In 1835, the parade was first held in honor of the 25th wedding anniversary of Oktoberfest founders King Ludwig I and his wife Theresie. Since 1950, it has become a regular event.
About 9500 members take part in the parade, which is about seven kilometers long, and present a huge variety of traditional Bavarian dress, as well as traditional clothing worn by the different trades, such as carpenters, chimney sweeps, butchers and many more. Community clubs for hunting, fishing and other pastimes are also represented. It's hard to enumerate the many many groups that take part in the parade. There are also dozens of marching bands in their stunning uniforms. To this, add the Munich breweries with their horse drawn beer wagons. But it's not only Bavarian. Guests from all over Germany and even Europe take part.
Photos are magnificent and the parade outstanding! With 9500 participants that must be a very time intense parade!! That is indeed a wonderful thing to see. Our October Fest in Leavenworth WA cannot come close in comparison. Thanks for posting.
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