The 2015 Oktoberfest officially starts today!
There is hardly any place on earth where people have not heard and dreamt of the biggest ‘funfair’ of the world, the ‘Oktoberfest’! Six million visitors every year enjoy the traditional 2 weeks of Bavarian celebrations in Munich. The locals also call it “Wiesn”, names after its location on the famous “Theresienwiese” near the Bavarian capital’s centre. The Wiesn celebrates its 182th anniversary this year.
Here are the dates: 19. September to 4. October 2015
The Wiesn parade starts at 10.45 AM
The festive opening with the first tapping of the beer is TODAY! The traditional “Trachten- und Schützenumzug” (Traditional clothing and archers parades), the parade of the tent owners and breweries with big brass bands, impressive beer wagons with garlands and big wooden barrels starts at 10.45 is the Josephspitalstrasse in the Munich city center, then the parade with approximately 1000 participants marches along Sonnen- and Schwanthalerstrasse and to the Oktoberfest via Bavariaring.
Only when they have arrived, the traditional tapping at noon officially opens the Oktoberfest, in many parts of the world, also called “beerfest”, and only after the first tapping, the first beer can be enjoyed.
It’s all about the beer
On October 17th 1810, King Max I of Bavaria hosted a horse race in honour of the wedding of his son Ludwig of Bavaria with Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghaisen in a field at the western border of Munich. The festivities started already on October 12th, the field was soon named after the bride, Theresienwiese (Wiese = lawn). Since they all enjoyed it so much, it was celebrated at their first anniversary, starting a long-lasting tradition.
Find out more about the Oktoberfest-traditions, history and news for this year soon: Our “Wiesn-Blog” continues…
Main photograph by: Hb3