CBC K-W went behind the scenes of the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade and spoke to Jared Hillis. He has worked on Oktoberfest floats for over a decade and gave us a tour of the pre-parade staging grounds. See the floats and the mechanics that make them work in our photo gallery. 

The Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off Monday, and over 150,000 spectators are expected to gather to watch floats of all shapes and colours make their way down the parade route. 

Here's the main things you need to know if you want to join in on the Gem├╝tlichkeit! 

- The parade started at 8:30 a.m. in Uptown Waterloo at King Street and Erb Street.

- Floats are making their way south on King Street all the way to Madison Street in downtown Kitchener, and the parade will end at 12:00 p.m. 

- Bleachers are available near King and Allen, and VIP bleachers will be at King and Frederick. 

- You can find a detailed parade route map here.