Bockfest Parade

Friday, March 6, 2015 steps off at 6PM

Parade01Starting at Arnold’s – Cincinnati’s oldest saloon – the Bockfest™ parade is traditionally lead by a goat pulling a keg and the reigning Sausage Queen along with the official parade marshal. It travels up Main Street to Bockfest Hall and ends with the blessing of the bock beer. This officially marks the beginning of a weekend of festive celebration that might end in blaming a goat on your horizontal position. Goats, the German Renaissance, beer, irreverence and originality are all highly esteemed aspects of a parade entry. There are no fire trucks for the kids. In the past, entries have included faux-monks pulling a Trojan goat, futon queens, German beer bands, a four-poster bed pulled by slave labor, goats on Segways, a leather-clad whip wench with a huge whip, and patriotic chants of “drink more beer.” As usual, you can bring your favorite canine to walk with “The Bocking Dogs.”

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The Bockfest™ Parade will be held on Friday March 6, 2015. The parade will start to form in front of Arnold’s Bar and Grill, located at 210 East 8th Street, at 5:00PM and steps off on Main Street at 6:00PM. The Bockfest™ Parade is Cincinnati’s funkiest and most entertaining parade. It can be watched from the street or from a number of participating venues along the route. Map of the route and venues can be seen HERE.

It is free to enter, however you do need to pre-register.

We encourage anyone to enter, especially if you create a float or have a unique entry. The overall Best Entry (must be a float) receives a special trophy to be presented at Bockfest Hall at the conclusion of the parade, along with special awards for The Bridesmaids (runner up entry, float or otherwise), Best Hat, Best Bocking Dog, Best Music Entry, Best Bicycle, Best Bar Representation. There are also three special awards given by the friends at the GACL for German Society members, German Presence (Best Attendance), German Spirit (Most in Tracht), and German Creativity (Most Creative).

2014 Parade Marshall: Jim and Carolann Slouffman

Parade03In the past, various philosophies have been applied to selecting the Bockfest Parade Marshal. Committed to irreverence with almost religious zeal, Bockfest™ organizers have chosen the Mayor of Rabbit Hash, KY (who is a dog — literally), reality show contestants, various local notables, and have even considered a random drawing. However, as irreverent as the festival is, Bockfest™ is a celebration of Over-the-Rhine’s German-American brewing history. Amongst Sausage Queen competitions and burning snowmen and livestock pulling kegs of beer, there is a serious message about celebrating Cincinnati ‘s rich past and promoting our unique culture as a city. It is these more sober intentions that has lead to a new tradition of selecting Grand Marshals for their contribution to local German-American culture.

About the Marshalls

Our Bockfest Parade Marshalls for 2014 are Jim and Carolann Slouffman, who have contributed greatly to Cincinnati’s German heritage. Jim is President Emeritus and Carolann is Director of the Kolping Saengerchor, which they co-founded in 1989 and which performs widely in the area and has toured Germany several times. In 1994/95, they were the Kolping Society’s Schuetzenfest King and Queen and in 1998 they organized the 150th anniversary Saengerfest of the Nord-Amerikanische Saengerbund in Cincinnati. They represented the Wagner Society of Cincinnati, of which Jim is President, last year at the official celebration ceremonies of the 200th Anniversary of Richard Wagner’s birth in Leipzig, Germany.