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October 5-13 2018
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Thanksgiving Day Parade returns with People's Choice Float Award and Celebrity Judges

 

When the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade gets underway on Monday, October 11, it will once again bring together long-standing traditions with the latest trends. Once again this year the parade will include the pageantry of numerous floats and bands. A panel of judges will select winning floats in a variety of categories.
The 2010 judges will include Honoury Lifetime Director Lawrence Bingeman, Weather Network broadcaster Chris St. Clair, Krista Sim from Slice TV show Princess and Past President of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, Glen Walker.
Lawrence Bingeman
A long-time volunteer and supporter of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, Lawrence Bingeman has been a fixture in the festhallen since hosting the very first Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest in 1969. The Bingeman family got their start in 1938 when Lawrence's father, Marshall Bingeman, bought land along King Street and founded a dairy and milk bar; the amusement park came into being in 1960 when Lawrence and his brother Jonas took over the business. Over the past 50 years, the Bingemans family name has been well known throughout the region. Lawrence has been a volunteer with the Festival since 1970 and still sits on the Community Advisory Council.



Chris St. Clair

Chris St. Clair has been a favourite mainstay of The Weather Network since 1995 and was chosen by Canadians as "Canada's Most Dependable Weatherman." He is, and has been, the host and co-producer of "The Weather Network This Weekend" and "The GTA This Weekend" since 2000. As well, his ongoing feature series "Weatherwise", which explores and explains all manner of weather phenomena, airs daily on The Weather Network, and is widely distributed to schools around the country as a teaching aid. Chris is also a licensed pilot who flies regularly. Before joining The Weather Network he worked in various aspects of the broadcast industry including on air, research and management. His first job was at CJCH Radio in Halifax in 1978, and from there he went on to work at broadcast outlets in Sarnia, Kingston and Montreal. Chris St. Clair lives in eastern Ontario with his wife and daughter.


Krista Sim

Waterloo native Krista Sim will learn the value of a dollar with her television debut on October 5th, with the premier of Princess on Slice. Behold the Princess – you know the type – living a fabulous life, while her debt accumulates and family and friends foot the bills. Now it's time to grow up and get real. In this series, Gail Vaz-Oxlade, host of the hit series Til Debt Do Us Part, tackles the newest generation of spoiled spenders. Over a six week period, Gail will take the Princess's credit cards, will put her on a cash diet and challenge her to start achieving goals. Gail will try to guide this spoiled Princess as she transforms into a self-sufficient young women. This is Krista's first on camera appearance. She works as a Corporate Trainer.


Glen Walker

Even before his time as President of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest (1991 - 1992), Glen Walker was a great supporter of the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade. He was on the Parade Committee for many years and even acted as Chair for a period. In addition to his long-time involvement with the Festival, Glen is an avid supporter of many charities, particularly the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
The parade, which is expected to draw more than 150,000 people to King Street in Kitchener and Waterloo as well as close to two million viewers when it is aired on national television, is an annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest tradition. As in previous years donations of non-perishable food items will be collected along the route for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region as part of the Onkel Hans Food Drive.
Once again this year the Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature the People's Choice Float award, in which parade spectators can vote for their favourite parade floats by texting the float code to 519519! Each voter will be entered into a draw for two WestJet tickets to anywhere the airline flies.
About Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest
Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is a not-for-profit Bavarian festival founded in 1969 by a group of volunteers committed to contributing to the social and economic vitality of Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada twin cities with German heritage. Canada's Greatest Bavarian Festival celebrates German heritage, food, music and festivities and is supported by more than 50 not-for-profit organizations. The festival is operated by eight year-round full-time staff, over 435 volunteers and 1,300 community and service club volunteers that stage the nine-day festival each October promoting a unique German cultural experience. As well as the economic boost the festival gives the local economy during the international festival, over $1.5 million is raised each year by the not-for-profit organizations associated with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, one of the top three most recognized event brands in Canada.
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For additional information:

Larry Blundell
Executive Director,
K-W Oktoberfest Inc.
519-570-4267 ext. 222

 

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