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PHOTOS: 2017 K-W Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day parade

Check out some highlights from this year's K-W Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day parade.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest parade kicked off in downtown Kitchener Monday morning. It travelled up Weber Street to Bridgeport Road in Waterloo. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

The rain held off and warm weather prevailed for this year's Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day parade.

This year's parade took place along Weber Street, starting from Frederick Street in Kitchener and ending in Bridgeport Road in Waterloo.

The winning parade float this year is the Horn of Plenty, which was sponsored by Sobeys. The Schneiders Float won the People's Choice Float along with the Hans & Frieda Award for use of animation.

See some of the highlights from this year's parade below.

A little boy named Eli waited patiently for the parade to start. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)
Despite a rainy forecast, things dried up just in time for the start of the parade. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)
Some toddlers took part in the parade, dressed in traditional lederhosen and dirndls. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)
Mikaila Emrich, a student at the University of Guelph, is Miss Oktoberfest this year, a role she has wanted to be since she was a little girl. She said she hopes to be a role model for young girls as Miss Oktoberfest. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)
Onkel Hans, the official mascot of the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, waved to the crowd from a parade float (Kate Bueckert/CBC)
The Waterloo Regional Police Band marched down the route of the 2017 K-W Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day parade. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)
Dancers delighted crowds that gathered to watch the 2017 Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day parade. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)
K-W Oktoberfest is marking its 49th year in 2017, but the Concordia Club in Kitchener is celebrating 50 years of Oktoberfest. For their portion of the parade, several former Miss Concordia winners returned to walk along the route. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)
There were many different marching bands in this year's parade. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)
This little girl waved flags as she walked along the parade route, which travelled up Weber Street from Kitchener to Waterloo. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)
Different cultural groups walked and performed in this year's Oktoberfest parade. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)
Each of the local German clubs had groups walking, dancing and waving throughout the parade route. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

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