Marching bands, brewery teams, stately carriages – and rain: In cold, wet weather, around 9,000 marksmen and folks dressed in colorful historical costumes 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 musicians of the traditional Dachau boys’ band had also joined the kilometer-long procession. Despite the wet weather, tens of thousands followed the spectacle along the streets. 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 largest costume parades in the world. There will be celebrations on the Theresienwiese in Munich until October 3rd.