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Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011 Selects Floats of Honour, Voters Pick Peoples Choice


(Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada – October 10, 2011) The 2011 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade celebrity Judges have revealed their top picks for the best floats in the 2011 Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The floats that have been selected, by the judges, to receive honours this year are:

Festival Award (1st Place) “ The Old Lady in Her Shoe (Sponsored by: Polyurethane Foam Systems)
Harvest Award (2nd Place) Mobile Maypole
Sponsors Award (3rd Place) “ Rolling Steins Float (Sponsored by: Greater K-W Chamber of Commerce)
Twin Cities Award (Best Spirit/Enthusiasm) “ Moonshine Band (Sponsored by: UpTown Waterloo BIA)
Hans & Frieda Award (Use of Animation) “ Schneider Foods Float (Sponsored by: Maple Leaf Foods)
Miss Oktoberfest Award (Best Visual) “ Lion Inflatable (Sponsored by: Lions Club of Kitchener)
Wunderbar Award (Community Involvement) “ Toy Float (Sponsored by the German Canadian Remembrance Society and built by the Carpenters Union)

The 2011 celebrity Judges for the parade were: Ron Asselstine, Paul Constable, Gary Doyle, and Chris Mei.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade, which featured numerous colourful floats, clowns and award-winning marching bands, was broadcast nationally on CTV at noon to an estimated audience of 2 million viewers.

The 3rd Annual Onkel Hans 5K Fun Run ran down the Parade route just before the parade started, with 125 participants there to Chase the Chicken! First place went to Jonathan Redfearn with his time of 17.55 and Joanna Berg with her time of 21.32. Both winners were then whisked back to the start of the route to ride in the annual Parade.

For the third year in a row, parade spectators were able to vote via text messaging for the Thanksgiving Day Parade Peoples Choice Float! Twenty-seven floats competed for the honour, with the most votes going to the Pirate Ship, sponsored by the Stag Shop. Congratulations to our winners!

The 2011 edition of the Parade has once again shown everyone why Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is Canada's Greatest Bavarian Festival. Every year the Parade gets better and this year it set a new standard, said Mark Kreller, Executive Director.


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