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Thousands watch the Oktoberfest Torchlight Parade

Next year the parade will one of the events to kickoff Oktoberfest

LA CROSSE, WI - An Oktoberfest tradition filled with lights and music toured the northside of La Crosse again Thursday night. 

The G-E-T Marching Band was one of many groups participating in the Torchlight Parade. 

Unlike your typical parade, the bands, floats, and even people walking were wrapped in lights. About 100 groups put on the dazzling show for an estimated 30,000 people watching. 

Next year the torchlight parade will be one of the events kicking off the festivities.


Here's part of the four-day Oktoberfest 2014 schedule, which was released this spring:
Thursday, September 25: Festgrounds open at 4 p.m.; Torchlight Parade (evening)
Friday, September 26: Opening Day Ceremony; Festmaster Ball (evening)
Saturday, September 27: Maple Leaf Parade (morning)
Sunday, September 28: Parade Marshal Pancake Breakfast; Ecumenical Service

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