Quick Oktoberfest History Lesson
It has a long tradition dating back to October 12th, 1810. On that day that King Ludwig I married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. They invited the citizens of Munich to celebrate with them. It must have been some party as the tradition has carried on for more than 200 years! For the first hundred years the festival was an agricultural show. Over time carnival booths and rides were added. A parade was also added. This is definitely worth seeing. 8000 people, mostly Bavarians, walk in traditional costumes through the streets of Munich to the Theresienwiese, where the event is held.