K-W Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade Celebrates in Downtown Kitchener Despite Rainy Forecast

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K-W Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade Celebrates in Downtown Kitchener Despite Rainy Forecast Kitchener, ON - The streets of downtown Kitchener were alive with festivity on Thanksgiving Day, as the K-W Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade made its annual march. Braving the Weather Starting promptly at 8:30 a.m., the parade defied expectations set by an unfavourable weather forecast, which predicted cold and rainy conditions. Yet, the community's spirit was undeterred. Residents and visitors alike lined the streets, showcasing their resilience and commitment to the tradition. A Parade to Remember With a diverse lineup, this year's parade featured an impressive mix of floats, inflatables, and bands. Adding a touch of local celebrity, City's Mike Farwell and Paul Fixter served as the grand marshals, leading the parade through the heart of Kitchener. The familiar voices of these two local icons added a sense of camaraderie and unity to the event. The parade route commenced at the intersection of Weber Street East and Frederick Street, culminating its journey at the bustling Bridgeport Plaza. Giving Back to the Community True to the spirit of Thanksgiving and community involvement, attendees were encouraged to donate money and non-perishable food items. These generous contributions fed into the annual Onkel Hans Food Drive, which directly supports the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. The drive emphasizes the festival's broader mission, underscoring the importance of coming together and looking out for one another.
Rangers float moves through Downtown Kitchener as part of the 2023 Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade. (October 9th, 2023) / Josh Goeree

The streets of downtown Kitchener were alive with festivity on Thanksgiving Day, as the K-W Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade made its annual march.

Braving the Weather

Starting promptly at 8:30 a.m., the parade defied expectations set by an unfavourable weather forecast, which predicted cold and rainy conditions. Yet, the community’s spirit was undeterred. Residents and visitors alike lined the streets, showcasing their resilience and commitment to the tradition.

A Parade to Remember

With a diverse lineup, this year’s parade featured an impressive mix of floats, inflatables, and bands. Adding a touch of local celebrity, City’s Mike Farwell and Paul Fixter served as the grand marshals, leading the parade through the heart of Kitchener. The familiar voices of these two local icons added a sense of camaraderie and unity to the event.

The parade route commenced at the intersection of Weber Street East and Frederick Street, culminating its journey at the bustling Bridgeport Plaza.

Giving Back to the Community

True to the spirit of Thanksgiving and community involvement, attendees were encouraged to donate money and non-perishable food items. These generous contributions fed into the annual Onkel Hans Food Drive, which directly supports the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. The drive emphasizes the festival’s broader mission, underscoring the importance of coming together and looking out for one another.