Colourful: people wearing traditional costumes and marksmen go to the Wiesn

Munich (dpa) – marching bands, brewery teams, magnificent carriages – and rain: In cold, wet weather, around 9,000 marksmen and traditional costumes in colorful historical garb went to the Oktoberfest in Munich on Sunday. There were groups from different regions of Germany and from abroad, including those from the USA and Canada who had traveled a long way. The guests in the carriages had umbrellas with them – with some costumes, the associated headgear, from the top hat to the bolted hood, proved its worth. Despite the bad weather, tens of thousands followed the parade along the streets.

The “Münchner Kindl”, embodied by the 29-year-old Viktoria Ostler as a living heraldic figure of the state capital, led the procession on horseback. Legendary figures such as the blacksmith from Kochel and the Bräurosl were also there. An Oktoberfest tent is named after the brewer’s daughter, who is said to have drunk her evening beer on horseback.

Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD) and Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) drove with their wives in coaches of honor. Reiter had opened the folk festival the day before and toasted a peaceful Wiesn with Söder. Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, Wiesn boss Clemens Baumgärtner (both CSU) and the green Wiesn city councilor Anja Berger also sat in carriages.

Schäffler were reminiscent of the barrel makers who took to the streets after the plague in the 16th century and cheered people up by dancing. This year, the Schäffler heralded the return to life despite the corona pandemic with unscheduled dances.

Morris dancers showed their acrobatics, and the Munich Marionette Theater, which can be seen at the Oidn Wiesn, was also there. Mountain riflemen went along with it, as did the Munich city guard. At seven kilometers long, it is one of the world’s largest costume parades.

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