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The traditional costume and hunters’ parade

Part of the Oktoberfest since 1950

22 Sep
Maximilianstraße
The traditional costume and hunters’ parade has taken place every year since 1950, always on the first Sunday of the Wiesn. This year, at 10 am on Sunday, September 22, 2019, hunting clubs, historic costume groups, bands and flag wavers will parade through Munich city center to the Theresienwiese. A highlight of the Wiesn opening!

Who’s there? Customs and folk music from around the world

A better question would be: Who isn’t there? Around 9,000 participants join the festive throng in Munich and parade festively through the city in 60 groups. Not only costume wearers take part in the traditional costume and hunters’ parade: costume clubs, hunters and mountain troops, marching bands and musicians from around the world can all sign up for the parade with Festring München e.V.

Who is the Münchner Kindl?

Every year at the Wiesn, the official Munich mascot, the “Münchner Kindl” comes to life and leads the colorful parade to the festival site on horseback. Originally a male monk, the mascot became increasingly childlike and feminine in many depictions over the years, and is now depicted as a girl. The “Münchner Kindl” has been selected annually by the Festring association since 1972, and must be born in Munich, with parents and grandparents who are also born in Munich. By the way, the first real live “Münchner Kindl” was Ellis Kaut in 1938, author of the German children’s series, Pumuckl — although she was born in Stuttgart!

Which way? The route of the traditional costume parade

The Max II monument on Maximilianstraße is the starting point of the festive costume and hunters’ parade at 10 am on the first Sunday of the Wiesn. From there, the parade ambles through Munich city center towards the Theresienwiese.

The exact route of the parade:
Maximilianstraße — Residenzstraße — Odeonsplatz/Feldherrnhalle — Ludwigstraße (as far as Galeriestraße) — Briennerstraße — across the Amiraplatz — Kardinal-Faulhaber-Straße — Promenadeplatz — Pacellistraße — Lenbachplatz — Karlsplatz/Stachus — Sonnenstraße — turn around at Josephspitalstraße — Sonnenstraße — Schwanthalerstraße — Paul-Heyse-Straße — Kaiser-Ludwig-Platz — Schubertstraße — Esperantoplatz

Where can I watch? Tickets for spectator stands

Festring München e.V. not only determines the route that the costume parade takes through the city to the festival site. For spectators who want to experience the action up close, there are stands erected along the route that offer the best view of the parade. Note: It is advisable to arrive early as the seats in the stands are not numbered.

Stand locations:

  • Maximilianstraße (2 x VIP stands)
  • Max-Joseph-Platz/Residenzstraße
  • Ludwigstraße/Odeonsplatz – Annast
  • Ludwigstraße/Odeonsplatz – AXA
  • Ludwigstraße/Odeonsplatz – Filmcasino (VIP)
  • Ludwigstraße/Odeonsplatz – Rider monument (VIP)
  • Feldherrnhalle (VIP stand)
  • Lenbachplatz Stachus in front of Brunnenrondell (2 stands)
  • Sonnenstraße in front of Hausbank
  • Sonnenstraße in front of Lindberg
  • Sonnenstraße on the grass verge
  • Kaiser-Ludwig-Platz


All the details about the route, stand locations, tickets and prices are available on the website https://www.festring.de/trachten-und-schuetzenzug/kartenvorverkauf/. Tickets are available from München Ticket GmbH as well as from all reputable booking offices.

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