Parade of the Oktoberfest landlords
This was the beautiful parade of the Wiesn landlords
• Mónica Garduño
When the Oktoberfest tent owners take the beer to the Theresienwiese, the people of Munich know: Oktoberfest season is here again! With festively decorated wagons and brewery carriages, the landlords moved to the festival area on Saturday morning - where Mayor Dieter Reiter then tapped the first barrel.
Nice weather, big audience, great mood
The mood couldn't have been better, said Lord Mayor Reiter: "With the great weather I can see a lot of happy people of Munich, there haven't been so many in a long time!" The landlords who drove with their families in the flower-decorated floats of their breweries from the city centre to the Festwiese, obviously liked it too. Numerous Munich residents and tourists were already there in the morning and didn't miss the opportunity to follow the colourful train between Sendlinger Tor, Schwanthaler Straße and Theresienwiese. For the best view of the action, many fans of Oktoberfest on Sonnenstraße had seats on grandstands. And it was worth it: A very impressive picture when the six Munich Wiesnbier breweries' magnificent carriages, drawn by lavishly decorated cold-blooded horses, roam the city centre of Munich.
Around 1,000 participants on the scene
Right up in front, the city mascot Viktoria Ostler as the "Münchner Kindl" (Child of Munich), rode towards the festival grounds, followed by the carriage of the mayor of Munich and the beautifully decorated carriages of the Wiesnwirte. Some celebrities and various representatives of the city society were also present - a total of around 1,000 participants took part in the festive procession in 2019. While in the tents the Oktoberfest guests feverishly awaited the tapping, outside selfies with the horse carriages were shot diligently. Until it was finally time to say: "O'zapft is!