Sunday, September 27, 2009

party at the parade

One of the biggest events of the Oktoberfest celebration is the parade on Saturday morning. People stake out their spots on Friday night and start drinking, bbq-ing, and hanging out on the streets as early as 7am on Saturday. Sam went down at 5:30am and just barely reserved us a spot.

We were told the parade lasts four hours, so we came prepared with a full cooler, chairs, and some crosswords to work before the parade got to us at the end of the route. It was supposed to start at 10am on the northside. We started hearing the marching bands at 10:45am and enjoyed the floats, waving princesses/queens/kings/attendants, bands, politicians, motorcycles, and all the rest of the regular parade fun until 2pm.

The parade was great, but the crowds were better. Police look the other way for the Oktoberfest parade, and there were few people without beers in their hands, including those participating in the parade. Our neighbor to the left was an old man who chatted to Sam about hot ladies, and our neighbors to the right shared their jello shots with us. Everyone was having a great time.

Once again, I collected Oktoberfest tshirt sayings:

"What happens at don't remember anyway."
"Pabstitively, Hammsolutely, gonna get Schlitz-faced and Blatz out."
"Beer: To help us resist sobriety and over achieving."
"Big jugs with plenty of head."
"You call it blacking out. We call it time travel."
"You're not drunk if you can lay on the floor without holding on."
"Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the Bible says love your enemy."
"If being drunk at 8am is wrong, I don't want to be right."

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