a landmark in Munich at the end of Ludwigstrasse

Oktoberfest Costume and Riflemen's Parade

One fine Sunday morning in late September, we drove onto Ludwigstrasse, the main boulevard in Munich only to find that it was empty.  Little did we know, the city was preparing itself for the annual Oktoberfest Costume and Riflemen's parade.  We didn't know what it was called then but asked a policeman who was standing opposite the Theatinerkirche on what was going on. With a surprised look on his face, the copper said "It's the Oktoberfest parade coming down this street"

We were lucky to be able to park our car about 500 metres down the road on Ludwigstrasse, snatch the camera and find our spot before the thousands of Muenchenites decdend on the ground, right in front of the old Munich University.  It happened to be a nice sunny day, full of spendour and colour.

Enjoy the pictures!


Last Sunday in September, 10 am and lasts 2 - 2 1/2 hours, about 7000 performers, 7 km distance.

Route of the parade:

Max II. Denkmal, Maximilianstraße, Residenzstraße, Odeonsplatz, Platz der Opfer des Nationalsozialismus, Lenbachplatz, Karlsplatz-Stachus, Sonnenstraße, Schwanthalerstraße, Paul-Heyse-Straße, Georg-Hirth-Platz, Kaiser-Ludwig-Platz, Festwiese

World-famous procession on the first Sunday of the Oktoberfest. The Costume und Riflemen's Procession gives an impressive insight into the fascinating diversity of customs rooted in the heart of Bavaria, in Franconia, Swabia, the states of Germany and in neighboring European countries. A varied succession of regional costume groups, "troops" in historical uniforms, marching bands, riflemen, thoroughbred horses, oxen, cows, goats, the decorated drays of the Munich breweries, floats displaying typical local traditions and historic carriages all pass by in a 7-kilometer-long procession through the streets of the city center. Ribboned trees, harvest garlands, craftsmen's tools from bygone days, harvest produce, dancers decorated with flowers, stars and crowns, trumpeters on horseback, flag-throwers and a host of other performers transform this traditional Munich procession into a brilliant highlight on the first Sunday of the Oktoberfest. {short description of image}


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