The Costume and Riflemen’s Parade has a long tradition. In 1835 it took place for the first time for the silver wedding anniversary of King Ludwig I. of Bavarians and Princess Therese. Today it is one of the highlights of the Oktoberfest and one of the biggest costume parades in the world.
Over 8,000 participants from around the world are at the parade on the first Sunday of the Oktoberfest here. The 3-mile long procession leads from the Maximilianeum through Munich’s city center to the festival ground of the Oktoberfest.
The Munich Kindl – Munich Child – mustn’t of course be missing in his gilt-edged black monk’s habit and the Oktoberfest beer mug. The Munich Kindl is the coat of arms of the city of Munich and has become a mascot for the Oktoberfest.
Costume and riflemen’s associations in their traditional costumes are accompanied by marching bands, flag wavers, guards, marching bands, thoroughbred horses, the horse-drawn drays of the Munich breweries and many decorated carriages.
The carriages are partly drawn by oxen. Many colorful international costume groups are represented and also the children take part. Historical craftsmen, decorated harvest garlands, ribbon trees, sheep and goats can be seen in the parade.
The carriage with the performer of the king is pulled by 10 black horses
Of course the mayor of Munich and the prime minister of Bavaria are part of the parade.
A historic stagecoach pulled by four horses, the fire department with horse carriages and historic craftsmen can be seen in the parade. Worth seeing is a carriage drawn by 12 horses.
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