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Happy Oktoberfest!

150,000 some people flock to the streets of La Crosse, Wisconsin over the next 2 weeks for the United States’ biggest German festival, Oktoberfest.  Streets are blocked off, extra police come in, there are no less than 3 parades and everyone is out celebrating!

This past saturday was the Maple Leaf Parade, a parade that lasts for almost 4 hours!  Every area beauty queen is riding a float and waving by, several marching bands, radio stations, military branches, all the international students carrying their country’s flag, political party volunteers, AND even the Canadian Oktoberfesters make an appearance in OUR parade!

It’s common for ‘festers’ to dress up, typically in German clothing, but any costume is considered good spirit!  Here are a few snapshots from this year’s Maple Leaf Parade!  Hope you enjoy!

Loved these women festing across the street from us. I simply HAD to meet them!

Before the parade, many people participated in a half marathon run/walk – including one local firefighter in full gear!

The Pre-Parade Camp Out. Joe and I saving spots.

Does your town have a giant motorized shopping cart people can ride in?

German dancers

Pom Squads

Marching Bands

Joe and I in our matching Lumberjack Costumes!

More dirndls – the German dress worn by women.

Locomotives on the parade route!

And of course, a fair amount of accordian music!

Will you be festing this week?  What the best parade you’ve ever been to?

But wait, there are winners!  Thank you to everyone who commented on my interview with author Michael Perry.  I’m glad his words connected with so many of you!  The 3 lucky winners of his newest book, Visiting Tom, are Viola Fury, Mark Petruska, and Kathleen Hoeper!

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