Bonhomme 1979

History of the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade

Bonhomme 1979

1969     Bobby Gimby leads the Parade

1977     Raymond Burr is the Parade Grand Marhsal

1979     Bonhomme Carnaval visits Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest in only his 2nd visit outside of Quebec

1980     Mickey Mouse visits Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

1983     World’s Largest Sausage Strand in the Parade

1984     Schmenge Brothers participate in the Parade

1995     Onkel Hans Food Drive is a new event during the Parade

2001     Emergency Response Teams (Police, Fire & EMS) were the Parade Grand Marhsals, carrying Canada and US Flags in recognition of September 11, 2001.

2006     New Castle Inflatable arrives for the Parade

2009     The inaugural Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run kicks-off just prior to the start of the Parade

2009     Parade spectators were able to vote via text messaging program for the Thanksgiving Day Parade People’s Choice Float