The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade takes place every year on Thanksgiving Day. The Parade starts at 8:30 am.
In 2016, the route of our Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade was altered and started in Kitchener and ended in Waterloo. Check back for the official 2017 parade route.
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 (Kitchener City Hall, 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 2016 band applications is May 31, 2016.
The 2016 float entry fee is $1,700 +HST for Commercial and Municipal entries and $750 +HST for Community Club and Non-Profit entries.
The Float Application, Float Information Sheet (used for TV Commentaries) and the Rules & Regulations are available now! Application deadline is Friday, June 24, 2016. The float application deadline has been extended to July 24th.
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 10, 2016. 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 26, 2016. 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.