The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade takes place every year on Thanksgiving Day. The Parade starts at 8:30 am.
The parade route is almost 5km and the parade takes approximately 1 1/2 hours from any given point along the parade route.
Bleacher seating is usually located near the TV coverage area. The Bleachers are located at Weber St E. @ Queen St N., Kitchener. Tickets are $8 each+HST and Available at the Official Retail Store.
The Parade Bands Committee is now accepting applications. Find the application here.
The deadline for 2018 band applications is May 31, 2018.
The 2018 float entry fee is $1,700 +HST for Commercial and Municipal entries and $750 +HST for Community Club and Non-Profit entries.
Note: All entries are subject to the approval of the Parade Committee and Parade Chair, representing K-W Oktoberfest Inc. All approved parade entries will be provided with a letter of acceptance.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade was broadcast nationally on CTV to an annual viewing audience of over 1.8 million Canadians on Monday, October 8, 2018. The parade is taped, edited to 1 hour and aired across Canada at noon in all time zones.
Generally, the only special events vehicles that are permitted in the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade are the following:
a. In some cases special event vehicles are used to tow a float. This information must be included when the Float Application is submitted and is subject to the approval of the Parade Committee.
b. Band Sponsors may be given the opportunity to have one of their special events vehicles follow the band. Click for Information and Guidelines for Band Sponsors.
All accepted entries must carry a minimum of $2,000,000 public liability insurance that covers the time period of the Parade. Certificate of insurance must be provided no later than Friday, August 24, 2018. Insurance certificates must include K-W Oktoberfest Inc. as an “additional insured” on the policy. Any entry without proof of insurance WILL NOT be allowed to participate in the parade.