2017 Oktoberfest parade marshals announced

2017 Oktoberfest Parade marshals...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - This year's Oktoberfest Royal Family continues to come together.

The marshals for this year's Torchlight and Maple Leaf parades were announced Wednesday evening at Copeland Park.

Rudy's Drive-In owner Gary Rudy will serve as your marshal for the Maple Leaf Parade. A lifelong resident of La Crosse, Rudy's father also served as the Maple Leaf marshal in 1978.

He says it's an honor to follow in those footsteps  and it's one he never expected to receive.

"I think most of the time you think of people that do that do something extraordinary. I put sauce on a wiener for a living, I don't think that's extraordinary, so I was very surprised when they threw my name out," said Rudy.

He joked he might try to switch the Golden Keg with a keg of his root beer to see if anyone notices.His counterpart for the Torchlight Parade will be Tim Colgan.

He's owned Colgan Air Services with his wife for the past 25 years and says he's excited to represent the north side.

"This is so very special to me, I mean you probably don't even imagine. But having, literally, spent my entire life on this side of the city, playing, growing up, working, father grew up his whole life, my grandfather was born and raised on the north side, my great-grandfather was born and raised on the northside. As a northsider, I'm just thrilled," said Colgan.

This year's Torchlight Parade is a little more than two weeks away on September 28th.

The Maple Leaf Parade will be on Saturday the 30th, and of course if you can't make it, we'll be broadcasting the entire parade on WKBT.


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