Before I start talking about why I want to go to Octoberfest, how about a few fun-facts to get you in the spirit?
|Prince Ludwig & his bride Princess Therese|
2)In 2010, Oktoberfest celebrated its 200th anniversary. There were 24 years over that period when the festival did not happen due to war or cholera or other emergencies.
3)Oktoberfest is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world’s largest fair, with more than 5 million people attending every year.
5)An Oktoberfest parade took place for the first time in 1810. Since 1850, this has become a yearly event and an important component of the Oktoberfest. 8,000 people—mostly from Bavaria—in traditional costumes walk from Maximilian Street, through the centre of Munich, to the Oktoberfest.
Now that you know a little more about Octoberfest, maybe I should tell you why it's important to me that I attend?
Well, I live in Kitchener, formerly known as Berlin. And although our version of Octoberfest wasn't started on account of a royal wedding, it's become a huge event every year since 1969. It has become the largest "Celebration of Gemuetlichkeit" (Bavarian festival) in North America with the greatest Thanksgiving Day Parade in Canada.
Living and growing up in KW, I've seen the parade, the keg tapping and Miss. Octoberfest events ever since I was young, but I've never been fully able to participate since I'm not legal drinking age. Next year I will be and I plan on attending!
Until then, I will have to settle for watching the parade with my family. Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone, Cheers!
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