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Thanksgiving Day Parade Float Winners Selected


(Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada – October 8, 2012) The 2012 Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade celebrity Judges have revealed their top picks for the best floats in the 2012 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) – Pirate Ship (Sponsored by: Stag Shop)
Sponsors’ Award (3rd Place) – Bear Float (Sponsored by: Bearskin Airlines)
Twin Cities Award (Best Spirit/Enthusiasm) – City of Kitchener
Hans & Frieda Award (Use of Animation) – Greater K-W Chamber of Commerce Rolling Steins Float
Miss Oktoberfest Award (Best Visual) – Factory Shoe
Wunderbar Award (Community Involvement) – Canadian Tire

The 2012 celebrity Judges for the parade were: Taylor Jones, Kim Kugler, Carrie Olver and Dave Sopha.

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 4th Annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run ran down the Parade route just before the parade started, with 200 participants there to Chase the Chicken! First place went to Paul Leduc with his time of 16.25 and Andrea Blain with her time of 20.30. Both winners were then whisked back to the start of the route to ride in the annual Parade.

For the fourth year in a row, parade spectators were able to vote via text messaging for the Thanksgiving Day Parade People’s Choice Float, sponsored by The Carriage Club. Thirty floats competed for the honour, with the most votes going to the Pirate Ship, sponsored by the Stag Shop. Congratulations to our winners!

“The 2012 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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