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Einzug der Wies'nwirte & Trachten-Umzug are 2 special events at the beginning of Oktoberfest :
1) Einzug der Wiesenwirte is the parade of horse-drawn carriages at 11.00am on the saturday, when the Oktoberfest starts. This parade is leaving from Sonnenstrasse (close to Karlsplatz/Stachus), parading through Schwantaler Strasse to Theresienwiese.
In this parade you will see the Lordmayor of Munich and all the "inn-keepers" of the beer-tents on Oktoberfest, sitting on top of horse-drawn beer-carriages.
This parade is especially nice and interesting for people who are interested in horsecarriages, drawn by 6 or sometimes even 8 horses, just like in the old times, when all of the beer had to be transported that way and only the strongest horses were able to do it !
Lots of people will gather in Sonnenstrasse and Schwantalerstrasse a long time before 11.00a.m. on the 1st saturday in order to get a good place to watch the parade, even though the total distance of the parade is not much more than maybe 800 meters.
When the last carriage had passed by, the audience will also follow the carriages and walk to Theresienwiese that way.
2)"Trachten-Umzug" will start in the morning of the 1st sunday of Oktoberfest and in a long parade it will go across Munich.
Thousands of participants in their traditional costumes from all over Germany and even abroad, traditional brass-bands, horse-carriages, cows, sheep and other animals are sometimes also participating in the parade, starting somewhere behind the "Staatskanzlei" and finally walking down Prinzregentenstrasse, walking through Sonnenstrasse and finally Schwantalerstrasse to Theresienwiese.
NO entrance-fee to be paid to watch the parade, just go there and search for an empty spot along any of the streets. Maybe you take a chair with you or a small ladder in order to be able to take some pics !
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